1 more pilgrim, porter die, Amarnath Yatra toll rises to 32
Srinagar: A 55-year-old pilgrim and a porter died en route to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll during the ongoing pilgrimage to 32, officials said.
Raj Kishore, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, suffered a massive heart attack after paying obeisance at the cave shrine this morning, resulting in his death, the officials said.
They said his body was brought down to the base camp and handed over to his next of kin for last rites.
A 19-year-old porter identified as Fayaz Ahmad Kasana, a resident of Lar village of Ganderbal, died while leading a batch of pilgrims through Brarimarg Glacier along Baltal-cave route yesterday, the officials said.
The annual yatra commenced from the twin tracks of Baltal in Ganderbal district and traditional Pahalgam in Anantnag district on June 25 and so far over 2.20 lakh pilgrims have visited the shrine for prayers.
A total of 2,10,524 pilgrims offered their prayers to the naturally formed ice-shivlingam by late last evening, while over 10,000 more paid their obeisance at the cave till this afternoon, officials said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: US army's joint exercise with Indian Army and their consolation on Uri attack
- DNA: Analysis of Indus water treaty between India and Pakistan
- India to activate lazer walls on LOC to stop infiltration
- India- America joint military exercise begins in Ranikhet
- EPFO to launch new online system for pensions and PFs soon
- Donald Trump praises Hindu community's contributions to US
- Five takeaways from Sushma Swaraj's speech at UN General Assembly
- Reliance Jio impact: Vodafone offers 10 GB data at 1 GB rate
- 7 scenarios Pak will face directly if India scraps Indus Waters Treaty – Read details
- REALITY CHECK of WhatsApp message: How common man can sign petition to declare Pakistan a terror state