Indian Hindu disciples surround their guru, second left, during a religious bath at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, in Allahabad, India, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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India's special environmental court has criticized the government for its failure to curb river pollution after scores of dead bodies surfaced in the Ganges river, a lawyer petitioning the court said Tuesday.The National Green Tribunal (NGT), a court set up to look at environmental grievances, on Monday ordered both the water resources and environment ministries to explain who should be held responsible for the pollution in the Ganges.The 2,500 km (1,600 mile) Ganges river, which originates in the Himalayas and spills out into the Bay of Bengal, is a means of livelihood for over 400 million people, as well as being Hinduism's holiest river.The Ganges is considered to be the country's most polluted river – tainted by industrial effluents, sewage and waste from human settlements built on its shores.
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