Amarnath pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest, toll rises to 6

Amarnath pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest, toll rises to 6

Srinagar: One more pilgrim died on Friday of cardiac arrest enroute the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir, taking the total number of pilgrim deaths to six, even as over one lakh people have paid obeisance at the cave shrine within a week, officials said.
Surinder Dutt Biyas (65), a resident of Rajasthan, died of cardiac arrest near Sheshnag along the traditional 42-km Pahalgam route in Anantnag district of South Kashmir this afternoon, the officials said.
The pilgrim death toll in the ongoing yatra is now six including a woman tourist from Delhi. Two pilgrims from Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, died on July 2 and 5.
Efforts are on to bring down the body of the deceased, officials said.
They said the yatra was going on smoothly from the twin routes of Pahalgam and the shorter 16-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district and so far over one lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam.

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