Amarnath yatra resumes

After temporary suspension on Friday, the yatra resumes on Baltal and Pahalgam routes

Srinagar: The Amarnath Yatra resumed at 10 am on Saturday from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes after its temporary suspension, an official said. The Yatra was halted on Friday following clashes in Baltal after a scuffle between a non-local langar cook and a local pony operator.

The pilgrims have now been allowed to move towards Baltal from Manigam Transit camp. PIC/AFP

Over 40 people were injured and 300 tents and 10 community Langars were torched in the clashes in Baltal. Authorities had put up security checkposts at many places along the route to stop Baltal-bound pilgrims after the Amarnath Yatra was suspended from the Baltal route.

The pilgrims have been staying at Manigam transit camp enroute to Baltal and some other places.

The official said, “The situation has returned to normal in Baltal and around 3,000 pilgrims have started the trek towards the Holy Cave at 10 am today from Baltal base camp.”

“Around 100 vehicles carrying pilgrims have been allowed to move towards Baltal from Manigam Transit camp in Ganderbal district. The yatra is also proceeding normally from the Pahalgam route,” the official added.

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