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Two more Amarnath pilgrims die, toll at 53

chandigarh Updated: Jul 10, 2012 14:53 IST

With the death of two more pilgrims, the death toll in the ongoing annual Amarnath pilgrimage today reached 53 since the commencement of the annual pilgrimage on June 25.

Concerned over increase in the death of yatris this year, governor NN Vohra, who is also chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has directed that urgent measures be taken to address health-related issue during the pilgrimage.

A pilgrimage official said a yatri Kashri Lal Joshi (27) resident of West Bengal died near holy cave due to cardiac arrest.

He said Shanky Middi (26) from Punjab died at Panjtarni after he suffered a massive heart attack.

Concerned over the frequent deaths of the pilgrims during the ongoing pilgrimage, the governor has directed all concerned authorities to take immediate steps to address the significant health-related issues relating to the Yatra.

Various reasons for the increasing number of deaths during the pilgrimage were discussed at length in an urgent meeting held at the Raj Bhawan, under the chairmanship of Vohra.

The governor stressed that the reasons need to be critically analysed so as to reduce the numbers of fatalities.

In this context, he directed chief executive officer (CEO) Naveen Kumar Choudhary to issue immediate instructions to all concerned officers to further augment healthcare facilities in the entire Yatra route.