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852 Char Dham pilgrims who went missing reunited with kin

Dehradun: As many as 852 pilgrims were reported missing by their families during the Char Dham yatra this year. All of them were later reunited with their families, police said. A maximum of 500 pilgrims went missing at the Badrinath shrine, followed by 339 in Kedarnath, 12 in Yamunotri, and one in Gangotri. At least five of the missing persons were children, the data released by state police headquarters showed. "Such has been the rush that a large number of people went missing. However, they were quickly found and reunited with family members by police personnel deployed at the shrines," said Uttarakhand director general of police (DGP) Ashok Kumar. He added that details of the missing persons and their families are given out on public announcement systems installed at the shrines and on the routes leading up to a shrine are also used to return from it, so there are strong chances that a missing person will be found. So far, we have been able to reunite all missing persons with their families," the DGP said.
Kumar added that thousands of pilgrims are seen waiting at offline registration centers for the Char Dham yatra at Haridwar and Rishikesh daily. He said the rush is likely to abate only after mid-June.
"The number of pilgrims thronging Char Dham shrines hasn't reduced since the time the shrines opened. Police and administration are now better equipped to manage the crowd. Some important religious occasions, like the Ganga Dussehra between June 9 and 12, are coming up. We expect the rush to abate only after that," he added.

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