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Amarnath pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest

india Updated: Jul 29, 2008 17:26 IST

A 36-year-old pilgrim died on way to Amarnath shrine, raising the death toll in the annual pilgrimage to 62, official sources said on Tuesday.

The pilgrim, identified as Ranbir Singh from Haryana, died of cardiac arrest at Sangam on the 12-km Baltal route passing through Ganderbal district on Monday.

While 58 pilgrims and a BSF jawan have died of natural causes during the series of trips that began on June 17 this year, three others -- a policeman, a shopkeeper and a porter -- died in separate accidents en route to the cave.

A record number of 5.24 lakh pilgrims have made the journey to the 3,880 metre-high cave this year, the sources said, adding it is the first time in the history of the yatra that the number of pilgrims crossed the five lakh mark.