Shravan pilgrimage: Security increased in Haridwar
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 18:15
  
Dehra Dun: In view of the recent blasts in Mumbai and heavy inflow of pilgrims during auspicious 'Shravan' month of the Hindu calendar, security in the holy city of Haridwar has been increased.

Thousands of pilgrims from across India have started converging at the banks of River Ganga here for the annual pilgrimage, beginning on Monday.

The district administration has deployed a large number of police personnel, including some in white clothes, at locations like Chandighat and Premnagar, where heavy rush of 'kanwarias' (pilgrims) are expected, officials said.

On major roads, connecting Haridwar with other major cities, vehicular traffic has either been fully suspended or partially suspended, seeing the rush of bare feet pilgrims.

A senior police official said in the wake of Mumbai blasts, strict security vigilance is being maintained and kanwarias have been barred from bringing articles like tridents and hockey sticks.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 18:15


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