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Passes of 23 foreign scribes cancelled on security grounds

Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 00:19

Haridwar: Passes issued to 23 foreign
journalists for coverage of the Maha Kumbh have been cancelled
due to security reasons, an official said here on Wednesday.

"We have cancelled 23 (of the 30) passes issued to
foreign press correspondents because of security reasons. None
of the journalists whose passes were cancelled had the
required J visa (journalist visa) to cover the Kumbh. Some
even did not carry proper documents," Officer on Special Duty
Nodal Officer for Media (Maha Kumbh) Ashok Kumar Sharma said.

Those whose passes were cancelled include documentary
film makers, correspondents and photographers besides some
freelancers.

The administration had earlier issued passes to foreign
media on the basis of identity cards, allowing many of them to
cover the first two days of the Maha Kumbh which began on
January 14.

It is learnt that the police had objected to passes
being issued to foreign media without an introduction letter,
J visa or I-cards.

The passes were earlier issued only after they carried
the signatures of the Additional Superintendent of Police
(Kumbh) Ajay Joshi.

Security has been put on high alert for the
three-month-long Kumbh.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 00:19
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