Landslide hits Mata Vaishno Devi bhawan; 1 CRPF constable dead

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Updated: August 24, 2016 4:03:02 PM

A landslide has hit Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan in Jammu and Kashmir.

vd-LIt is being reported that a rock slid its way near the gate number 3 of the premises. While many are feared to be trapped behind it, more details are awaited. (PTI)

A landslide has hit Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan in Jammu and Kashmir. One constable of the CRPF has also been confirmed dead due to it.  The landslide occurred near Gate No 3 at the cave shrine where the jawan was stationed. He died after  being crushed by a huge rock.While many are feared to be trapped behind it, a rescue team has begun its operations.

“Death is likely to go up as many pilgrims are feared buried under the debris,” police said. The constable’s body was recovered after drilling the rock, they added.The constable has been identified as Harbinger Singh of 6 Battalion of CRPF.

The Yatra was restored after a brief halt, they added.

Earlier this month, three pilgrims were killed and nine injured in a landslide triggered by heavy rains enroute to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. The landslide occurred on Banganga-Ardhkuwari road around midnight and the debris fell on a shelter where the pilgrims were sitting, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) Ajeet Sahu told PTI.

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