Amarnath yatra suspended for second day

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Srinagar, July 20: The Amarnath yatra remained suspended for the second day on Saturday in view of curfew imposed in many parts of Kashmir Valley and Ramban district on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway due to the firing incident in Gool area.

No fresh batch of pilgrims was allowed to proceed towards Kashmir from the base camp in Jammu, official sources said.

An official spokesman said the decision to suspend the yatra was taken as a precautionary measure.

Over 2.5 lakh pilgrims have participated in this year’s yatra to perform the darshan of the naturally-formed ice lingam at Amarnath cave in south Kashmir.

Four persons were killed on Friday when security personnel opened fire at a mob that had gathered at a BSF camp in Ramban district to protest against alleged manhandling of an Imam of the area by the force.

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