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Friday , October 26 , 2012
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First show, great show
- Huge turnout triggers traffic snarls

The first Ravan Dahan in the heart of Hazaribagh town was a cracker of a success on Wednesday with the huge turnout prompting local MP and chief guest Yashwant Sinha to draw a parallel with Vidya Balanís star power to pull crowds.

ďAgar Vidya Balan ka karyakaram bhi yahan ho jata, toh itni bheed nahi hoti (If Vidya Balanís show was held here, there wouldnít have been such a huge crowd),Ē was the veteran BJP leaderís verdict as the entire town poured in Old Stadium to witness burning of the 10-headed demon kingís effigy.

Singh, who set free the first cracker that lit up Ravanís effigy, could not be more right. Around 8.30 in the evening, all roads leading to the stadium situated along NH-33 was chock-a-block with traffic as people rushed to grab seats for the spectacle.

According to sources, the newly formed Ravan Dahan Samiti, which organised the programme, was also caught unawares. Sadar sub-divisional officer Rachna Bhagat was seen issuing instructions to the samiti members to ensure foolproof safety of the audience.

Finally, all went well with Sinha thanking the samiti for organising such a grand show for the first time. The programme, which included a light and sound show, ended at 11pm with the organisers urging the people to remain in queues while leaving the venue to prevent a stampede.

Hazaribagh DC Manish Ranjan and SP Manoj Kaushik also lauded the samiti members.