“Due to heavy rains, a massive landslide closed the 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Kheri in Udhampur district late last night,” said SSP Traffic National Highway.
Senior Civil and police officers and the Yatra Camp Director, along with personnel of state Police, NDRF, SDRF, Army and Central Armed Police Forces immediately swung into action to carry out rescue operations
Traffic movement to the holy shrine resumed as part of the highway that was damaged due to the multiple landslides was restored on Saturday evening.
“The amartnath yatra has been suspended from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes due to rains which made the track slippery,” police said.
Amarnath Yatra resumed on Saturday and pilgrims were allowed to move towards the holy cave.
“The Pakistan side is desperate to attack Amarnath Yatra and Vishno Devio Yatra, in the wake of the tightened security in the state and the tough stand of the Central government,” he told reporters in Jammu.
The amarnath batch included 1,418 men, 406 women and 25 children.
BJP firebrand leader Sadhvi Prachi warned that if Hindu pilgrims were harmed, Haj pilgrims would face harsh consequences.
This year’s Amarnath Yatra will commence from July 2 and end on August 29.
“At this point in time, we do keep getting generic inputs on the movement of terrorists as it were, so to relate anything specific to the yatra, I wouldn’t do that,” GoC, 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha said.
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“Yatra will go as per schedule. All the facilities including security and safety will be provided to the pilgrims. J&K government will give all cooperation to the shrine board,” Singh said.
Online helicopter ticket booking facility shall be available to intending Yatris from March 20 on the websites of the companies.
The convoy was ferrying BSF men deployed for the Amarnath yatra from Pahalgam to Srinagar when it was ambushed.
The yatra was largely peaceful with only aberration being clashes between local tentwallas and community kitchen operators.