Fresh batch of 1,175  pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath

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Srinagar

A fresh batch of 1,175 pilgrims left Jammu on Tuesday for the Kashmir Valley to perform the Amarnath Yatra.

An official said that 1,175 including women and sadhus, left Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu base camp for Baltal and Nunwan camps under unprecedented security arrangements for amaranth yatra.

“Of these, 660 yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 515 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” he said.

So far, 26 pilgrims have died during the yatra. In addition to this, two volunteers and two security men also lost their lives.

The 45-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on July 1 has been going on smoothly. Till date, at least 3,21,410 pilgrims have paid their obeisance at Amarnath cave.

“This is the highest number of pilgrims to visit the Cave shrine in the last four years,” an official said.

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