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Kashmir unrest: Amarnath Yatra remains suspended for third day

Around 15,000 yatris are waiting in Jammu for their turn to proceed to the Valley so that they can undertake the Yatra

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  • No pilgrim was allowed to move towards the valley from winter capital Jammu to perform the Amarnath Yatra  for the third consecutive day on Monday
  • So far 1,27,538 pilgrims have performed the yatra
  • The mobile internet services have also been suspended in Jammu city, making the stranded pilgrims feel all the more helpless

Amid an on-going unrest in Kashmir valley post the killing of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani, Amarnath Yatra has remained suspended for the third day in a row on Monday.

No pilgrim was allowed to move towards the valley from winter capital Jammu to perform the Amarnath Yatra, police said.

“No Yatri will be allowed to move towards the Valley from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city today,” a senior police officer said.

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“The Yatra has been suspended due to the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley,” he added.

An officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual pilgrimage said that 8,611 pilgrims had “Darshan” at the holy Cave Shrine on Sunday.

“8,611 yatris had ‘darshan’ inside the holy Cave yesterday. These included Yatris who had already reached the north Kashmir Baltal and south Kashmir Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camps,” he said.

“Since the yatra started on July 2, so far 1,27,538 pilgrims have performed the yatra,” the SASB official added.

Stranded pilgrims in Jammu. Image Source: The Indian Express
Stranded pilgrims in Jammu. Image Source: The Indian Express

Around 15,000 yatris are waiting in Jammu for their turn to proceed to the Valley so that they can undertake the Yatra.

Sources said that a team of officials from Gujarat is reaching here on Monday to find out the welfare of stranded Yatris belonging to their state.

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“Gujarat chief minister spoke to state chief minister yesterday. It was agreed upon that a team of Gujarat government officials would arrive in Jammu to meet the yatris,” sources said.

Reportedly, as the mobile internet services have also been suspended in Jammu city, the stranded pilgrims were feeling all the more helpless. (IANS)

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    The police should take necessary steps to curb the growing tension in the valley so that a safe passage for the pilgrims can be created.

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    Growing tensions in the valley have resulted into loss of many lives and now the pilgrims are suffering due to the unrest.

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The Plight Of Kashmir’s Pandits

The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.

For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.

United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.

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“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”

She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.

The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”

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Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.

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“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.

In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)