Jammu curfew enters 5th day,Amarnath pilgrims stranded

Nearly 150 people,including some local Hurriyat leaders,were arrested for violence.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: August 14, 2013 1:19 am

Two foreign nationals and nearly 250 pilgrims were stranded at different places in Kishtwar which continued to reel under curfew for the fifth day on Tuesday.

Meanwhile,pilgrimage to Amarnath resumed with nearly 200 pilgrims leaving Jammu amidst tight security on Tuesday morning as the administration relaxed the curfew in some parts of Jammu region where situation started limping back to normal. Nearly 150 people,including some local Hurriyat leaders,were arrested as the police cracked down on miscreants responsible for violence in the region. Over 100 people involved in stone pelting and arson have also been arrested by the police from several parts of Jammu region,said state Home Secretary Suresh Kumar.

The two foreign nationals were identified as Allice and Markita,trekkers from Czechoslovakia. After spending 5 days at Batote and Bhaderwah,they reached Kishtwar last Thursday to trek from Marwah to Zanskar. However,Friday morning violence broke out forcing them to stay at a local hotel. “With all shops closed and strict curfew restrictions in the town,we have no food to eat,’’ Allice told The Indian Express on phone. Pointing out that they had been eating biscuits for the last two days,Allice said that they sought help from the police for safe passage out of the district,but the latter expressed helplessness in view of highly volatile situation.

Over 200 Hindu pilgrims have been stranded at the Machail Mata shrine since last Friday. Another 200 pilgrims,who had been stranded at Gulabgarh,were being brought to Kishtwar and Jammu under security cover,sources said.

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