Yatra 2018: Fourth batch of 6,877 pilgrims leaves Jammu amid tight security blanket

Srinagar

The fourth batch of 6,877 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims left from Jammu on Monday morning as the weather showed signs of improvement.

“The first group of 2,790 pilgrims bound for the Baltal base camp left at 3.10 am in an escorted convoy of 99 vehicles,” police said.

“The remaining group of 4,087 yatris bound for the Pahalgam base camp left at 3.50 am in another escorted convoy of 130 vehicles.”

The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes on Saturday as the incessant rains had turned the tracks slippery.

The rains also triggered landslides and shooting stones at several places along the Jammu-Srinagar highway yesterday, but timely action by the authorities concerned ensured that the 260-km all-weather road connecting the Valley with the rest of the country, remained open.

However, the pilgrimage faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall.

The 60-day yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.

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