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Rishi Kak | HENB | Jammu | July 11, 2016:: Hundreds of Amarnath pilgrims were stranded here as Srinagar-Jammu national highway remained out of bounds for the third day in the wake of violence in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter. As per reports, some 32 lives lost in the valley during different clashes between the militant people and the security forces so far. Amid recurring violences in curfew-bound Kashmir Valley, it was not possible to continue the Yatra for serious security reasons.
Many of the Hindu pilgrims, who performed the yatra through Baltal route in Sonamarg area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, were stranded near the Tourist Reception Centre in the city here.
But, it’s a good news that the annual Amarnath Yatra resumes again causing a delighted mood of the waiting pilgrims in Bagwatinagar base camp. Amid tight security, the Amarnath yatra resumed on Monday evening from Jammu. The yatra had been suspended for two days.
“Amarnath yatra has resumed this evening from here. A batch of 3500 pilgrims left from Bagwatinagar base camp for Baltal and Pahalgam,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.
Earlier in the day, pilgrims had urged the state and Central governments to not stop the yatra and arrange ‘tight security’ for them. “We urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to resume the Amarnath yatra and not get threatened by violent protests of the militant sympathisers,” Deepak Kumar, a devotee from Uttar Pradesh said.
Amid sloganeering of bum bum bolay and har har mahadev, the pilgrims had said they were ready to leave for the cave to ensure continuity of the yarta.
Till date, 1,27,358 yatris have visited the holy cave. The repeated Jihadi threats to the Hindu pilgrimage for annual Sri Amarnath Yatra failed to yield any result.
__Input from PTI.