Amid tight security, the Amarnath yatra resumed on Monday evening from Jammu after remaining suspended for two days due to violent protests in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
“A batch of 3500 pilgrims left from Bhagwati Nagar base camp for Baltal and Pahalgam,” deputy commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said. The yatra was suspended on July 9 in the wake of violence in the Valley following the killing of the top militant commander.
Earlier in the day, pilgrims had urged the state and central governments to not stop the yatra and arrange tight security for them. “We urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh to resume the Amarnath yatra and not get threatened by violent protests of the militant sympathisers,” Deepak Kumar, a devotee from Uttar Pradesh said.
Till date, 1.27 lakh yatris have visited the holy cave.