Four Amarnath yatris die; toll rises to 22

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2015 14:20 IST

Four more pilgrims died due to cardiac arrest en route to the 3,880 metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 22, officials said on Saturday.

47-year old Satpal Gogyal, a Delhi resident, suffered cardiac arrest at Panjtarni along the traditional 45-km Pahalgam-cave route in Anantnag district Friday evening, officials said.

Three other people have died due to cardiac arrest. A resident of Punjab Amandeep (29), died near the holy cave, Ram Autar (60) from Manipur died at Panjtarni camp while Banu Dass of Maharashtra died at Baltal due to the same reason, they further said.

So far, over 2.40 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine which houses the naturally formed ice-shivlingam.

Meanwhile, fresh batches of pilgrims were allowed to proceed to the holy cave shrine from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes Saturday morning after suspension from the shorter route of Baltal due to the cloudburst that took place on Thursday night.

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