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Amarnath Yatra remains suspended

"No yatri was allowed on Friday to move from Bhagawati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city towards the Valley," a senior police official has said
Amarnath Yatra

The annual Amarnath Yatra remained suspended on Friday because of the prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir Valley, officials said.

“No yatri was allowed on Friday to move from Bhagawati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city towards the Valley,” a senior police official said in Jammu.

“The situation will be reviewed in the afternoon and a call will be taken on whether or not the movement of the pilgrims should be allowed on Friday,” the official said.

The annual Amarnath Yatra started on July 2 this year and so far, around 1,45,000 pilgrims have had ‘Darshan’ inside the cave shrine situated 3,888 metres above the sea level.

Despite heightened tensions in the Valley because of the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8, local Muslims have been lending a helping hand to the pilgrims in performing the yatra.

Local ponywallahs, taxi operators, roadside tea stall owners, porters and the common man in the Valley are ensuring that the yatra is not affected because of the prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir.

– IANS

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