The annual Amarnath yatra which is scheduled to commence in the Valley from June 28, was attempted to start before its due date from Sonamarg hill station on Wednesday.
Locals told Kashmir Life that a group of 400 yatris, comprised of men, women and children reached Sonamarg last night in 15 vehicles.
“And today they tried to march towards Baltal on their own,” locals claimed.
Once police came to know about it, they rushed to the spot to dissuade the move.
“We tried to make them understand that they can’t proceed with yatra before its due date,” Mir Afaq, SHO Sonamarg police station told KL. “But once they resisted, we had to resort to baton charging to disperse them.”
SHO promised to conduct an inquiry into the development and said that Police has kept vigil on the yatra to make it a time bound event.
Pertinently, the state and SASB have already vowed in public that they won’t allow yatra in the Valley before its schedule date.
Sources informed KL that yatra has been already set in motion from Pahalgam, much to the ‘mockery’ of SASB’s claim.
“Around 100 yatris already paid obeisance at the holy cave of Amarnath in last two days,” sources revealed.