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Two pilgrims die on way to Amarnath shrine

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 15:19 IST

A labourer was crushed to death while a pilgrim passed away enroute to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the toll in the ongoing yatra to seven, official sources said.

Shah Mohammed Gujjar, a labourer clearing the route to the holy cave shrine was crushed to death on the Baltal track when a huge boulder caved-in near the Baltal base camp on Wednesday evening, they said.

In the second incident, a 60-year old pilgrim from Pune, Mukafa Darma Vande, died of heart attack at the Baltal base camp on Wednesday night, officials said.

Meanwhile, doctors and para-medical staff of the health services department were working round-the-clock to provide necessary treatment to the sick pilgrims, they said.

Over 10,000 pilgrims, most of them suffering from breathlessness due to high altitude and cold related ailments have benefited from the aid camps set up by the state government at various places enroute to the cave.

About 70 pilgrims were treated for fractures suffered by them either by fall from hillocks or horsebacks, officials said.

"We have conducted 75 X-Rays so far and 70 of them had suffered fractures due to fall while tracking, X-Ray technician Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, posted at Baltal, said.

In addition, he said, ECG of 60 patients has been done during the past 10 days.