Fresh batch of pilgrims leave for Amarnath

Amarnath yatra resumes from Pahalgam and Baltal routes

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No "yatri" was allowed to move towards the Kashmir Valley from here, an official said.

The 40-day long Amarnath yatra began from Jammu yesterday with first batch of pilgrims leaving for the twin base-camps of Pahalgam and Baltal of the 3,888-metre high cave shrine. "Till date 14,247 yatris have paid obeisance to the Ice Lingam", an official spokesperson said.

"The pilgrims headed for base camps at Baltal and Nunwan are requested to check the status of the yatra with the control room or helpline set up by the SASB before starting off", the official added.

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A pilgrim from Jammu was killed by a shooting stone at Brarimarg on June 29 while an ASI of the ITBP suffered cardiac arrest at same place a day earlier.

"The yatra will resume only after the weather improves and the latest weather forecast from the meteorological department", said SSP Ganderbal Fayaz Ahmed Lone. Over 2.35 lakh pilgrims have registered for the Yatra and a few batches have already gone to the Amarnath cave despite inclement weather.

Following the landslide, the concerned authorities have made a decision to halt the Amarnath Yatra as they don't want to take any risks.

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