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No Kanwars Welcomed in Mussoorie, Cops Set Up Cams to Keep an Eye on Saffron-clad Pilgrims

Dehradun SSP said that the move has been taken to check 'hooligans', who often reach Mussoorie sporting saffron during Kanwar season.

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Updated:July 8, 2019, 10:05 PM IST
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No Kanwars Welcomed in Mussoorie, Cops Set Up Cams to Keep an Eye on Saffron-clad Pilgrims
Kanwariyas carrying holy water of river Ganga to offer Lord Shiva (Image: PTI)
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Dehradun: Beware of the colour of your dress if you are planning a trip to the celebrated hill resort Mussoorie anytime soon. In the wake of upcoming Kanwar Yatra, police have taken the step to prevent hoodlums sporting clothes to look like Kanwar pilgrims.

Thanks to upcoming Kanwar Yatra, police have taken the step to prevent anyone in Mussoorie wearing saffron.

Dehradun's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nivedita Kukreti said the step has been taken to check "hooligans", who often reach Mussoorie sporting saffron during Kanwar season.

"To ensure no Kanwar pilgrim enters Mussoorie, five check points have been planned that will be equipped with CCTV cameras to keep a close eye on every movement," the SSP told News18, adding that one should wear dresses other than saffron to avoid confusion.

The annual kanwar yatra is beginning from July 17. During the yatra, several pilgrims cross over to Dehradun and Mussoorie with vehicles playing high decibel music. In the past, there have been instances when saffron-clad Kanwars have indulged in alteration with local residents.

The annual kanwar yatra is beginning from July 17. Police are expecting the numbers of pilgrims to cross 300 million-mark in Uttarakhand. Every year Kanwar pilgrims are those who come on foot or by vehicle to collect Ganga jal during the ‘Savan’ (monsoon) month from Haridwar. The pilgrims also collect water from Rishikesh and even Gangotri – the origins of river Ganga. Pilgrims offer the holy water to Shiva idol back in their hometowns.

Last week an inter-state police official meet was held in Dehradun in which measures were discussed to conduct Kanwar yatra peacefully. Handling Kanwar yatra remains a challenge for police as it turns into a mass sea of people by the end of July. Uttarakhand director general of police Anil Raturi had said that no baseball bats, sticks and loud DJ will be allowed during the yatra season.

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