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Amarnath Yatra to symbolically begin from June 15

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 00:32

Jammu: The Amarnath Yatra will now begin
from June 15, it is learnt, after an agreement on Monday between
Baba Amarnath Niyas (BAN) and Shri Amarnath Shrine Board
(SASB) to this effect.

BAN, a conglomeration of various religious and social
organisations, wanted the yatra from June 15, while the state
government`s position was that the pilgrimage could not start
before the scheduled date of June 29.

However, after day-long negotiations, chief executive
officer of the Board RK Goyal, in a document reportedly said
the yatra will start from June 15, though, in a symbolic
manner as two members from both SASB and BAN will be flown to
the cave shrine for conducting a pooja marking the beginning
of the pilgrimage.

"They have agreed upon our demands, and have said that
the yatra will commence from the proposed date of June 15,
though in a symbolic manner," said the national spokesperson
of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Surinder Kumar Jain.

Jain, though not a part of the meeting between the
Board and the Niyas, also revealed, "In order to avert any
such conflict in the near future, the Board has proposed the
formation of a sub-committee under the chairmanship of a Board
member, which along with the religious heads will fix the
duration of the yatra."

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu
zone Dilbagh Singh, today said that Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah has asked the police and the state administration to
take every possible step to make the yatra a success.

"CM wants the yatra to be conducted in a proper and
peaceful manner. He wants to attract more and more people to
the state and every possible step in this direction will be
taken," Singh said during a function organised by the Delhi
Public School (DPS) here.

Stressing that the police can deal with any threat,
Singh said attempts were being made to infiltrate the
country`s borders but they have been foiled.


First Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 00:32
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