Another pilgrim has died on way to the Amarnath shrine in north-east Kashmir's Sonamarg. The death of Satinder Soni (38), a resident of Ludhiana in Punjab, has taken the toll since the yatra started on June 28 to three. All the three died of cardiac arrest.
"Soni breathed his last at Brarimarg while returning to the Baltal base camp from the cave shrine on Friday evening," said shrine board official in Sonamarg, 110 km from Srinagar.
Over a lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine in Kashmir since June 28.
Last year, the first month of the yatra witnessed highest ever deaths at around 100. Many unregistered and unfit pilgrims were among the dead.
The Supreme Court had taken a serious note of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board's arrangements and directed it to streamline the pilgrimage.
This year, only fit and registered pilgrims are allowed to trek 45km treacherous route in Pahalgam and 14km in Somanarg. Those without registration are being turned away.
However, the government has now decided to start on-the-spot registration in Srinagar to cater to the huge rush of unregistered pilgrims.
Special medical arrangements are in place, which include mobile oxygen cylinders. Announcements are being made at the base camps to dissuade pilgrims above 75 or below 13 to embark on the yatra.