Agra: No water in Yamuna, so activists take a ‘bath’ with sand

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Agra | Updated: Jun 04, 2017 4:50 AM

Some activists late evening today took a "holy bath" in with the dry Yamuna sand, as there was no water in the river.

Yamuna River, Ganga river, AgraSocial activists, River Connect CampaignA volunteers of the River Connect Campaign told PTI, “Since there was no water in the river but just industry effluents, sewer and municipal waste, we had to take a bath with the sand to protest and draw attention to the deplorable state of the river.”

Some activists late evening today took a “holy bath” in with the dry Yamuna sand, as there was no water in the river. They poured sand over their bodies and sprinkled and splashed to the amusement of a big crowd. Some pretended to swim on the dry river bed, while a few others enacted a drowning scene.

A volunteers of the River Connect Campaign told PTI, “Since there was no water in the river but just industry effluents, sewer and municipal waste, we had to take a bath with the sand to protest and draw attention to the deplorable state of the river.”

Sunday is Ganga Dussehra when lakhs of people will take a holy dip in the rivers, particularly Yamuna and Ganga.
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The River Connect Campaigners have demanded a national river policy and constitution of a central rivers authority on the lines of NHAI.

The campaign has been continuing for more than two years at the Etmauddaula view point park where a group daily holds a meeting and conducts the ritualistic arti of Yamuna.

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