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Four dead, seven hurt in landslide at Vaishno Devi shrine

The landslide hit the old track to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra district
Vaishno Devi Shrine

Four people, including three pilgrims, died and eight were injured on Saturday morning in a landslide triggered by heavy rain on old track to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu region.

A landslide hit the old track to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra district, police said. The landslide occurred on Banganga-Ardhkuwari road around midnight.

“At least 12 people were hit by the landslide,” police said.

The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.

The victims were identified as 29-year-old Shashidhar Kumar of Banglore, 30-year-old Bindu Sahni and her 5-year-old son Vishal from Chhattisgarh, besides 32-year-old Sadik was a ‘ponywalla’, CEO of Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) Ajeet Sahu said.

Those injured in the incident are Suraj Kant Sahni (36) of Chhattisgarh; Ved Singh (69), Naryani (58) and Om Parkas (62) of Haryana; Paras (8) and Santosh (28) of Banglore. The yatra to the cave shrine, which was disrupted for some hours, later resumed, the ASP said.

(With IANS inputs)

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