1. 1,786 pilgrims leave for Amarnath cave shrine from Jammu

1,786 pilgrims leave for Amarnath cave shrine from Jammu

A fresh batch of 1,786 pilgrims today left for the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas amid tight security following clashes in the Valley.

By: | Jammu | Updated: July 18, 2016 4:30 PM
It was initially suspended on July 9 following violent protests in the Valley over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. It was again stopped five days later. (Reuters)

It was initially suspended on July 9 following violent protests in the Valley over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. It was again stopped five days later. (Reuters)

A fresh batch of 1,786 pilgrims today left for the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas amid tight security following clashes in the Valley.

“A fresh batch of 1,786 pilgrims – 1,388 men, 347 women and 51 ‘sadhus’ – in over 53 vehicles left the Jammu base camp towards Kashmir this morning to perform the pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine,” a police officer said.

The Yatra resumed on Saturday.

It was initially suspended on July 9 following violent protests in the Valley over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. It was again stopped five days later.

Violent protests have rocked Kashmir Valley after security forces gunned down Wani in an encounter in south Kashmir on July 8. Several people have lost their lives in the unrest.

Yesterday, 4,510 yatris paid their obeisance at the holy cave. Since the beginning of the Yatra 1,72,851 pilgrims had darshan at the holy cave.

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