Mathura: 50 pilgrims were taken ill after they
consumed water from Yamuna River.
The pilgrims, who were taking part in the `Brij Chaurasi
Yatra` organised by Sant Ramesh Baba, started vomiting
after drinking the polluted river water.
In-charge of the yatra Sunil Kumar Singh said that all the
pilgrims were warned against drinking or using the river water
through loudspeaker announcements.
"But they did not pay any heed to our repeated appeals,"
he said, adding that they have been rushed to hospital.
During the past one decade, Vaishnodevi has become the
second busiest shrine after Triputi in the country.
The number of pilgrims visiting Vaishnodevi rose from
three lakh in 1970 to 52 lakh in 2000.