13 Amarnath pilgrims injured in road accident

incident takes place amid normalizing of the Yatra


Thirteen Amarnath pilgrims were injured on Thursday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, police said.

A vehicle carrying the pilgrims to the Valley met with the accident near the Birma Bridge by-pass of Jammu-Srinagar highway.
All injured have been shifted to hospital.

The news broke out just a couple of hours a batch of Amarnath Yatris left on Thursday for the holy cave shrine. An official said so far over 1,33,000 pilgrims have performed the yatra in the past two weeks.

“Since it began on June 28, some 1,33,481 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine,” he said. On Wednesday alone, 15,696 yatris performed puja.

Of the 3,419 pilgrims, who left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys of 125 vehicles for the valley, 1,202 proceeded on the Baltal trek while 2,217 headed for Pahalgam base camp, the official added.

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