Jammu: Amid tight security, eleventh
batch of around 3,690 pilgrims on Sunday left the Jammu base camp
for their onward journey to the 13,500-feet high cave shrine
of Amarnath in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
The pilgrims comprising 965 women and 107 children
left in a cavalcade of 119 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base
camp in Jammu at around 0530 hours for Amarnath, a Police
Control Room (PCR) official said.
Taking the death toll to 37 in the ongoing yatra,
three pilgrims and a local driver died in the last 24 hours,
Vinod Kumar (38), Sucheta Yadav (45), cab driver
Gulzar Ahmad Khan and an unidentified pilgrim died due to
cardiac arrest, they said.
The 46-day yatra commenced from both Baltal and
Pahalgam routes on June 29 and so far over 2.40 lakh pilgrims
had `darshan` of the naturally formed ice-shivlingam at the
The yatra is progressing smoothly on both routes as
nearly 16,000 pilgrims headed for the cave shrine.