Prayagraj: Ringing in the beginning of the auspicious Kumbh Mela on Thursday, more than 7 lakh devotees took a holy dip in Ganga River in Haridwar. As many as 7,11,000 devotees performed rituals at Har ki Pairi during the time of aarti.
Officials at the ghat said that all Covid-19 health protocols were followed on the first day of the Kumbh Mela and about 974 people were fined for flouting the covid guidelines.
“The soldiers of Uttarakhand’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Pradeshik Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Central Paramilitary Force (CPF) and five teams of the Bomb Disposal Squad are deployed in Haridwar for the safety of devotees during the Kumbh Mela 2021,” the state government said.
In addition to the radio communication system, concerned authorities have installed over 1,000 CCTV cameras to keep a strict vigil on the entire fair.