Pune : Sunburn festival is an event with past history where consumption of drugs and other addictions is encouraged. It is going to be held in Moshi village in Pimpri-Chinchwad area. In the year 2016, the festival was held disregarding opposition by local residents and residents of Pune and same thing seems to be repeated even this year. This festival was driven out of Goa and it actually needs to be banished from India, was the unanimous demand made by all social and ‘Hindutvavadi’ organizations during press conference held at ‘Patrakar Bhavan’ at Ganjave Chowk in Pune. ‘Pujya’ Sunil Chincholkar, a ‘Samarth-devotee’; H.B.P. Shyam Maharaj Rathod from ‘Warkari Sampradaya’; Shri. Chandrakant Warghade, regional President of ‘Mahiti Seva Samiti’; Sanatan Sanstha’s Shri. Pravin Naik and Shri. Parag Gokhale of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) addressed the press conference.
Shri. Parag Gokhale of HJS first explained the background of ‘Sunburn’ festival. He said, “A young woman named Neha Bahuguna had died during this festival when it was held in Goa since she had an overdose of drugs. The organizers also evaded tax due to Goa Government; therefore, the festival was driven out of that State.
This festival was held in the area of holy memorial of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj last year. Now, it is being held at Moshi in Dehu-Alandi area which is known as a sacred place of our great Saints. It is therefore, a ploy to attack places of worship of Hindus and destroy their sanctity through organizing this festival. Local residents of Chimbali have already passed a resolution against holding this festival and residents of other villages in the area are also going to pass similar resolution.”