Amarnath Yatra suspended for a day

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/9/2019 12:21:35 PM

No batch allowed from Jammu

JAMMU, Jul 8: The Amarnath yatra was suspended on Monday as a precautionary measure following a strike called by separatist in Kashmir valley to mark the third death anniversary of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, officials said.
The annual pilgrimage to the 3,880 meter high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas will resume Tuesday, they said. The officials said the Amarnath-bound convoy, which usually leaves the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here for Kashmir in the early hours, was not allowed to head for the cave shrine to avoid any untoward incident in view of law and order situation in the valley.
Wani, once a poster boy of militancy in the valley, was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016, in Kokernag area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district.
“The yatra is suspended from Jammu for the day and will resume Tuesday," a police official said.
So far, a total of 36,309 pilgrims have left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp since the commencement of the yatra from Jammu on June 30, a day ahead of the official start of the 46-day pilgrimage from the twin tracks -- traditional 36-km Pahalgam in Anantnag district and 14-km shorter Baltal route in Ganderbal district.
In the meanwhile, on the 8th day of the ongoing Yatra, 15,732 Yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave. Till date 1,11,655 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the holy cave.



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