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Mar 19, 2013 at 09:43am IST

Asaram will be fined for wasting water at pre-Holi celebrations: Patil

Mumbai: Expressing surprise over the wastage of water during a pre-Holi celebrations at Self-proclaimed spiritual leader Asaram Bapu's ashram, Maharashtra's Home Minister RR Patil said this was shocking since the state is suffering its worst drought in over four decades.

Patil further said way in which water was wasted by Asaram and his followers in Nagpur was wrong. "The drought situation in the state is worrying. We will define our policy and collect a fine at the earliest," Patil added.

Asaram on Monday came under flak for wasting water at a pre-Holi celebrations at his ashram. In fact, he had water tankers brought in from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation for the occasion. Activists staged a black flag demonstration outside the venue to protest against the misuse of water.

The Nagpur Municipal Commissioner has issued a notice to Asaram Bapu over wastage of water and an inquiry has also been ordered.

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