A group of Kanwar pilgrims was seen drinking alcohol at Garhmukteshwar Ghat in Hapur in a purported video that was shared on social media.
Police has reacted to the video and said "legal action" will be taken against the men who are yet to be identified. "They are seen drinking alcohol in an area where it is prohibited. It's illegal. Those people are being identified. Their vehicles are being identified by their number plates. Legal action will be taken," said ASP Sarvesh Mishra.
Kanwar pilgrims or Kanwariyas are the devotees of Hindu God, Shiva. Around this time of the year, these pilgrims from different parts of the country, often wearing saffron clothes with decorated pots on their shoulders, take the pilgrimage, called Kanwar Yatra. They travel on foot during the Saavan month of Hindu calendar.
Majority of these pilgrims are young men. They visit Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch waters of River Ganga.
Later, the holy water is dispensed as offerings to Lord Shiva in temples.