4,000 pilgrims leave Jammu base camp for Armarnath cave shrine

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2016 23:31 IST
People in queues to register for the annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

Even as state government strives to restore normalcy in strife-torn Kashmir, a fresh batch of over 4,000 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar base camp on Tuesday evening for undertaking annual Amarnath pilgrimage.

“A total of 4,052 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar base camp in a fleet of 85 buses and 37 light motor vehicles under tight security arrangements,” said Jammu deputy commissioner Simrandeep Singh.

However, mobile internet services remain suspended across the region. Singh said as a precautionary measure to check rumour-mongers, the administration decided to keep mobile internet service suspended till Wednesday evening and the decision will be reviewed depending upon the situation.

Kashmir has been on the boil following death of Hizb-ul militant Burhan Wani on Friday. The state government, in tandem with the Centre, has mobilised its resources and has deployed additional companies of paramilitary forces to ensure safety and security of the pilgrims.

“For the security of the pilgrims, additional paramilitary and police personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas on the Kashmir Highway, Srinagar, Anantnag and Ganderbal districts,” said a Home Department official.

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