After two days of wait, a small batch of 454 Amarnath pilgrims on Tuesday left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley as the annual Amarnath Yatra resumed after remaining suspended for two days, officials said.
Police said the yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy of 11 vehicles. This includes pilgrims going to both Baltal and Pahalgam base camps.
The yatra had remained suspended for two days because of the separatist called protest shutdown in the Kashmir Valley. It was also hindered due to a hearing on article 35-A in Supreme Court.
The article provides that no Indian, other than a Kashmiri, born in Kashmir, can buy an immovable property in Kashmir. It also allows the government of Kashmir to define who an actual Kashmiri is.
The provision is very sensitive as far as Kashmiris are concerned. The nature of the issue made authorities adopt an ultra alertness and stop the ongoing Amarnath Yatra on the day of hearing.
However, to date, over 2.70 lakh pilgrims have performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra since it started on June 28. The yatra will end on August 26, coinciding with Shravan Purnima.>