J&K LG Manoj Sinha visits traditional Bangas Ghati festival in Kupwara district

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited the traditional Bangas Valley festival along with Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen DP Pandey in Kupwara district on Wednesday.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha addressing people at the Bangas Ghati festival. (Photo: India Today)

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited Kupwara district on Wednesday at the traditional Bangus Valley festival along with Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen DP Pandey and was a part of the two-day celebrations. The valley will be opened for tourists from now on.

The annual festival saw the participation of hundreds of Gujjars, Bakarwals and other Kashmiri spectators from Kupwara, Tangdhar and Handwara. The festival was held for two days on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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On the first day, village sports competitions like horse race, cowboy challenge, tug of war and hyena challenge were organized.

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At the request of the community members, a free veterinary and medical camp was also organized by the local Rashtriya Rifles unit under the Chinar Corps during the two-day festival. The medical camp was organized with an aim to provide basic health care facilities along with free medicines to the local people living in remote area of ​​Bangus Valley and who do not have access to basic health facilities.

Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha and General Officer, Commanding-in-Chief, Lt Gen YK Joshi graced the second day of the festival. Lt Gen DP Pandey and Major General HS Sahi were also present on the occasion.

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Manoj Sinha addressed the large gathering and witnessed the traditional programs organized by the local Gujjar and Bakarwal communities. He also watched the finals of the Rural Games. The Lieutenant Governor also visited the festival site and appreciated the heritage food stalls set up under the aegis of DDC Rajwar, Shri Suleman Mir.

Later, speaking on the occasion, Manojan Singa said that he was mesmerized to see such a large gathering in the valley of Bangus. He also said that the government will now work vigorously for the overall development of the Bangus Valley and its infrastructure.

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