Valley violence hits Yatra, pilgrims returning to their home states

Vishal Sharma

Disappointed over the failure of state government in maintaining law and order in Kashmir valley in the backdrop of killing of HM Commander, resulting into the suspension of amaranth yatra, the numbers of yatra bound pilgrims have fallen to 5000 against the registered 6000 as they have started moving back from Jammu.

Even several yatra vehicles coming from other states today moved back from Lakhanpur and Pathankot when they were apprised about the tense situation of valley which has resulted into the suspension of yatra besides the number of pilgrims already stranded and moving back.

Even a misquoted news item carried by a section of electronic media this afternoon regarding the resuming of amaranth yatra had also created chaos among the pilgrims and administration which was later cleared by the administration that only yatra track from Pahalgam and Baltal upto holy cave has been reopened while there is no transportation of yatris from Jammu to Srinagar.

Pertinently about 6000 pilgrims were stranded in Jammu yesterday taking shelters in various hotels, guest houses and hospices eagerly waiting for resuming of yatra but today after reviewing the tensed situation of Valley about 1000 pilgrims have left for their homes.

Though, with this the anxious state administration has got some relief as the rapidly increasing number had puzzled it badly since it was not possible to deal with such a huge number of yatris besides the number was also posing a threat perception too.

About 2500 yatris are still at Bhagwati Nagar base camp while rests of them are still managing their own accommodation and food at various locations. District administration though has continued its efforts to facilitate the yatris and has arranged 12 buses for their expedition cum entertainment.

The State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses are going out with the yatris on daily basis from Bhagwati Nagar base camp to Shiv Khori, Suchetgarh Border, City Tour and Katra so that the yatris may not feel bored. Several yatris are also going on Shri Mata Vaishno Devi yatra which has resulted into a sharp increase in the Vaishno Devi yatra at Katra.

Deputy Commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh while speaking to Newspoint bureau said that the number of pilgrims has fallen by 1000 in a single day as they instead of wasting time here prefer to go somewhere else. He further said that hopefully the yatra will be resumed in the couple of days as today the situation was comparatively better in valley then yesterday.


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