Fresh batch of 5210 pilgrims leave for Amarnath Cave Shrine from Jammu

JAMMU: A fresh batch of 5210 pilgrims on Monday left for the Shri Amarnath Cave Shrine in South of Himalayas amid “Bam Bam Bhole” chants and rains from Yatri Niwas, Bhagwati Nagar base camp here.
The fleet of 222 vehicles ferrying pilgrims was escorted by CRPF personnel in jeeps and on motorbikes.
The Yatra was suspended on Saturday from Jammu in view of restrictions laid in the valley due to Martyrs’ Day.
However, for Pahalgam route, 2155 male, 578 females, 11 children and 95 sadhus left the base camp in 123 vehicles and for Baltal, 1566 male, 808 females and 08 children left in 99 vehicles including buses and LMVs.
Total 222 vehicles left the base camp for both the routes including 85 HMVs, 137 LMVs.
The first batch was flagged off from here on June 29 by the Advisor to Governor K K Sharma.
Multi-tier security arrangements have been made for smooth and successful conduct of 46-day long Yatra concluding on August 15 on the occasion of Sharavan Purnima (Rakshabandhan). (AGENCIES)