NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 24, 2021 (Hindustan Times): The Uttarakhand Police has said that it won’t allow people to come to the holy city to celebrate Kanwar Yatra, which has been banned by the state government. The pilgrimage is scheduled to start from July 25. “As Kanwar Yatra is banned, no person will be allowed to enter Haridwar border for celebrations. Same applies to buses and trains,” said Ashok Kumar, Uttarakhand director general of police, as reported by news agency ANI.

He added that tourists from other parts of the state won’t be stopped, but they will have to submit an RT-PCR test report and register on Smart City portal before coming to Haridwar. “Forces have been deployed on the borders of Haridwar district. Instructions are to request those coming to the border to go back. If anyone persists, action will be taken,” Kumar said. If anyone sends a tanker in a systematic way, we will help them in collecting Gangajal, the police chief added.