Srinagar: Ten more people have died of
natural causes during the ongoing Amarnath yatra in south
Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll in the annual
pilgrimage to 51, officials said on Wednesday.
Nine pilgrims and a Muslim porter, most of whom suffered
cardiac arrest, died on the twin tracks leading to the
3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath over the past two
days, they said.
Raj Kumar (51) of Punjab and Kunal Daramveer (26) of
Gujarat died at Sonamarg and Sangam, respectively, along the
shortest Batal route in Ganderbal district this morning.
Four pilgrims - Bhai Patel (57) of Gujarat, Mahesh
(38) of Karnataka, Mohan Dass (54) of Rajasthan and Sampat Lal
(55) of Maharashtra - died at the holy cave and Sheshnag along
the traditional 42-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district late
last night, officials said.
They said a Muslim porter and three other unidentified
pilgrims were found dead at different halting stations on the
twin routes early yesterday.
While 26 persons died along the Baltal route, 25
others breathed their last between Pahalgam and the cave
shrine, officials said, adding, the deceased included four
Muslims who were working as guides.
The 46-day annual yatra started on June 29 and so far
3.25 lakh pilgrims have paid their obeisance at the cave
shrine, housing the naturally formed `ice-shivlingam`.
Meanwhile, over 22,000 pilgrims left for the cave
shrine from Baltal and Nunwan-Pahalgam base camps this
While 12,365 pilgrims preferred Baltal route, another
batch of 10,290 pilgrims were allowed from Nunwan base camp in
Pahalgam, the sources said adding the yatra was progressing