Jammu & Kashmir

Accident on Jammu-Srinagar highway leaves 7 yatris injured

An accident on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in the Ramban district left seven yatris injured, IANS reported on Wednesday.

Police officials said that ‘a vehicle carrying the pilgrims to the Kashmir Valley met with the accident in Chanderkote area of Jammu and Kashmir’. The injured have been shifted to hospitals, they added.

Earlier, three pilgrims had died on account of a landslide in Bathal route on Tuesday. The highway had also been closed, and the yatra had stayed suspended.

Traffic, however, resumed later in the morning along the Mughal Road highway.

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The yatra had earlier been halted due to bad weather but had resumed after the weather had improved in the afternoon. It was officially started early on Thursday, after batches of pilgrims started their progress to the camps on Wednesday. The MeT had forecast rain and thundershowers in the valley for the next 48 hours till Saturday.

The Governor of JK NN Vohra had urged the pilgrims to have faith in the armed forces. Vohra, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), told the pilgrims that they should have confidence in the forces.

“There won’t be any difficulty in the yatra,” Vohra said.  In 2017, eight pilgrims were killed and 13 others injured in the attack on an Amarnath yatris bus.

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