Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan’s post sharing a photo of him feeding birds during a boat ride in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, has landed his boatmen in trouble with the Uttar Pradesh administration.
Dhawan, who was in Varanasi recently, visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple and Kaal Bhairav temple on January 20, after returning from a triumphant series win in Australia. Dhawan also shared a picture of himself on Instagram feeding birds during a boat ride, but the post landed his boatman in trouble.
“Happiness is feeding birds,” wrote Dhawan while sharing pictures from the trip on his Instagram handle.
The two boatmen were fined as Dhawan’s picture on the boat went viral on social media.
The district administration has challaned both the boatmen and has banned the operation of their boats till further orders. The Indian cricketer was seen feeding the Siberian birds, which was banned by the district administration.
Varanasi District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma has imposed a ban on feeding grain to Siberian birds along the ghats due to bird flu. Despite this, the photo of Shikhar Dhawan feeding food to Siberian birds went viral, after which the boatmen who operated the boat at Dashashwamedh police station in Varanasi were fined.
Sharma said the tourists (Dhawan in this case) would not face any action, since they are generally not aware of such things.
Bird flu or avian influenza has been confirmed in six states for poultry birds, including Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Punjab and in ten states for crow, migratory and wild birds including Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.