Anniversary of the death of Burhan Wani: Amarnath yatra suspended from Jammu today as a precautionary measure

JAMMU: On Monday it was suspended as a precautionary measure after a strike called by a separatist in the Kashmir valley to commemorate the third anniversary of the former commander's death, authorities said.

The annual pilgrimage to the shrine of the 3,880-meter-high holy cave in the southern Himalayas of Kashmir will resume on Tuesday, they said.

Officials said that the convoy bound for Amarnath, which usually leaves the base camp of Bhagwati Nagar for Kashmir in the early hours, was not allowed to go to the cave sanctuary to avoid any adverse incident in view of the situation. law and order in the valley.

Wani, who was once a youth of militancy in the valley, died in a meeting with security forces on July 8, 2016, in the Kokernag area, in the Anantnag district, south of Kashmir.

The yatra is suspended from Jammu for the day and will resume on Tuesday, a police official said.

So far, a total of 36,309 pilgrims have left the base camp of Bhagwati Nagar since the beginning of the yatra from Jammu on June 30, a day before the official start of the 46-day pilgrimage from the twin tracks: traditional 36 km Pahalgam in the district of Anantnag and a shorter Baltal route of 14 km in the district of Ganderbal.

Until Sunday evening, 95,923 yatris had offered prayers at the cave sanctuary, which houses the natural ice shivlingam, from the beginning of the yatra, which ends on August 15, coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.