Another batch of pilgrims leaves for Amarnath
A batch of 1,099 pilgrims left Jammu base camp for the holy shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir amid tight security arrangements on Sunday.india Updated: Jul 21, 2013 19:32 IST
A batch of 1,099 pilgrims left Jammu base camp for the holy shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir amid tight security arrangements on Sunday.
Police sources said the 24th batch of pilgrims, comprising 850 men, 180 women, 18 children and 51 sadhus, left from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu on Sunday around 1pm and the convoy included 50 vehicles.
The pilgrims would be allowed to proceed for Pahalgam and Baltal during night and would not be stopped anywhere for night halt so that they can reach their destination early on Monday morning for the trek.
The batch that left on Saturday evening, too, was allowed to proceed to Pahalgam and Baltal at night.
The Amarnath yatra resumed on Saturday evening after one-day suspension as a precautionary measure in the wake of firing in Gool area of Ramban district on July 18.With Sunday's batch, a total of 44,606 pilgrims have left the Jammu base camp for Amarnath so far.
Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 1,941 pilgrims left for Amarnath cave shrine from both Baltal and Pahalgam base camps on Sunday morning.
Police sources said 1,050 yatris had left Baltal base camp for the holy cave on Sunday morning.
They said another batch of 891 yatris, comprising 806 men, 81 women and 4 sadhus, had left the Pahalgam base camp for the holy journey. A total of 575 yatris also left for the holy cave using chopper services on Sunday.