Amarnath Yatra resumes from Pahalgam route

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The annual Amarnath Yatra resumed on Monday from south Kashmir’s Pahalgam route for the first time since violence started in the Valley on July 9.

On Sunday, 4,510 offered prayers inside the cave shrine.

An official of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the pilgrimage told “Yatra through the traditional Pahalgam route has been resumed today (Monday).”

“Due to the law and order situation in the Valley, the Yatra continued only via north Kashmir’s Baltal route only following the July 9 aftermath.”

“Since the Yatra started on July 2, so far 1,72,851 pilgrims have visited the cave shrine,” the official added.

There were also reports of casualties, 12 pilgrims died on the way due to natural causes.

The 48-day long Yatra will end on August 17 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals.

All job interviews by the state Public Service Commission (PSC) have also been postponed.

Closure of the strategic Srinagar-Jammu Highway for over a week has caused shortage of essential items in the Valley.

All supplies of essentials of life are routed into the landlocked Valley through this highway.

Train services between Baramulla town in the Valley and Bannihal town in the Jammu region also remained suspended for the 11th day on Monday.

Separatist leaders continue to remain under house arrest and preventive detention in summer capital Srinagar.

The centre has rushed another 20 companies of paramilitary forces to assist the state government in maintaining law and order in the trouble-torn Valley.

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