Haridwar, October 25
The Ganga canal closure by the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department has invited the wrath of the managing body of Brahmkund, Har-ki-Pauri, the Ganga Sabha, teerth purohits, saints and devotees.

Accusing UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of hurting the sentiments of devotees, the Teerth Maryada Raksha Samiti today demanded Yadav’s resignation.
Samiti activists also burnt an effigy of the UP Irrigation Department. They said teerth purohits and devotees were facing problems in performing rituals at the sanctum sanctorum of Brahmkund, Har-ki-Pauri, due to the dried up canal.
Samiti chief Sanjay Chopra alleged that the UP Irrigation Department and quarrying mafia were hand in glove with each other. No cleaning, maintenance or upgrading work was being done at the canal or adjacent Ganga ghats.
Chopra demanded that water up to the level of 5 ft be released till Mayapur Check Dam by this evening. He warned that if the authorities failed to do so, they would stage a protest against the department in Haridwar.
Social activist Sanatan Giri said every year the Ganga canal was closed, hurting the sentiments of devotees.

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