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Day after SC nudge, UP cancels Kanwar Yatra amid fears of looming COVID-19 third wave

A Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman had given an ultimatum to the Uttar Pradesh authorities on Friday to both ‘rethink’ its resolution or the courtroom will move orders.

File picture of the Kanwar Yatra. PTI

A day after the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh authorities initiated talks with Kanwar Sanghs (organisations) following a nudge by the Supreme Court, the organisations determined to name off the Kanwar Yatra on Saturday in view of COVID-19 .”

According to Uttar Pradesh authorities officers, Additional Chief Secretary Home Avnish Awasthi and DGP Mukul Goel held discussions with the Kanwar Sanghs on the directions of the Chief Minister.

Earlier on July 9, the Chief Minister had mentioned that he would maintain talks with the Kanwar Sanghs. “The officers should try to take decisions like last year by communicating with the Kanwar Sangh at the local level. Last year too, after talks with the administration, the Kanwar Sangh had announced the suspension of the yatra,” Adityanath mentioned.

While on Friday, the Supreme Court granted one final alternative to the Uttar Pradesh authorities to rethink its resolution of holding “symbolic Kanwar Yatra” amid the COVID-19 pandemic whereas stressing that the well being of the residents of India and the appropriate to life is paramount.

A Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman gave an ultimatum to the Uttar Pradesh authorities to both “reconsider” its resolution or the courtroom will move orders.

Uttarakhand authorities has already determined to cancel the Kanwar Yatra this yr in mild of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kanwar Yatra, through which Shiva devotees from northern states journey on foot or by different means to gather water from River Ganga at Haridwar, Uttarakhand, to supply at Shiva temples of their areas, was set to start from July 25.

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