Along with many other states of India, the state of Uttarakhand had already witnesses surge in the number of coronavirus cases. Amidst the time of crisis, in Haridwar, thousands of devotees have gathered for the Mahakumbh which will be held from April 1 to April 30, and no Covid protocol is seems to be in practise.
This had led to the rise of severe concern as according to the Kumbh Mela Police Control Cell, more than 31 lakh devotees took a dip in the mela during the second ‘ShahiSnan’ on Monday and according to the health department, from 11:30 on Sunday till 5pm the next day, a total of 18,169 devotees were asked to undergo Covid-19 test and 102 were found to be positive.
Earlier Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has claimed that during the ‘ShahiSnan’ of the Mahakumbh, the state administration followed all guidelines issued by the central government.
But unfortunately, it is also seen that devotees are not following the basic protocols of face mask or social distancing. The Uttarakhand government is also failed to get people to follow the rules of thermal screening and wearing masks. The checking of negative RT-PCR tests was a mandatory requirement to enter the Mela, but there seems lacking too in the management.
The DGP of Uttarakhand, Ashok Kumar, said, “We are trying our best to get the guidelines followed by the people. From the security point of view, this is the biggest challenge for the Uttarakhand police. Due to Covid, almost 50 percent less devotees have arrived in the Kumbh. ”
On the day of ShahiSnan, a total of 13 Akhadas took dip in the Ganges. These Akhadas include 7 from Sanyasi Akhada, 3 from Bairagi Akhada and 3 from Vaishnav Akhada. All of them took a dip at the Brahmkund on the Harki Paudi.