The annual Yatra to Amarnath in the Kashmir Himalayas commenced today from both the Pahalgam and the Baltal routes, with Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, paying obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum and participating in the Pratham Pooja ceremony. He prayed for sustained peace, harmony, progress and prosperity in the State.
After his early morning visit to the Shrine, the Governor reviewed the arrangements made for the pilgrims at the Yatra Shrine Camp and conveyed the Shrine Board's thanks to the State Government, Army, Central Armed Police Forces, State Police and all the other concerned agencies for their support and cooperation. He stressed the need for effective supervision and round the clock monitoring by the Camp Directors and all the functionaries involved in the management of the Yatra for ensuring smooth conduct of the pilgrimage.
SHOOTING STONES KILL AMARNATH PILGRIM; ITBP OFFICIAL DIES OF HEART ATTACK AT BALTAL BASE CAMP
Meanwhile, a pilgrim died after being hit by a shooting stone on way to the cave at Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district.
An official told Greater Kashmir that 50-year-old Bhushan Kotwal, a resident of Jammu, was seriously injured after being hit by a shooting stone that rolled down from a hillock while he was crossing Brarimarg area on 16-km Baltal-cave route Thursday morning.
He was evacuated to the Base Camp hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on security duty for Amarnath Yatra died due to cardiac arrest on Thursday.