Amarnath yatra: 2 pilgrims die, toll reaches to 6

Two pilgrims died today after paying obeisance at the high altitude holy cave of Amarnath in south Kashmir, officials said. With the latest two deaths, the death toll in the ongoing yatra has reached to six.

The deceased has been identified as Chander Shakher (73), a resident of Karnataka. Shakher fell unconscious after performing ‘darshan’ near the cave shrine around 11.35 AM. He was rushed to base camp hospital where doctors declared him as brought dead. His body was handed over to his relatives for last rites, the officials said.

Another deceased has been identified as Shiva Kanth Mishra (59), a resident of Uttar Pradesh, who suffered cardiac arrest when he was returning from the cave, at Brarimarg along the Baltal-cave route resulting in his on the spot death.

Their death raised the number of pilgrims, who died in the ongoing yatra, which began on June 29, to six. Besides, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of ITBP died of heart attack at Brarimarg on June 28 during deployment of the forces along the tracks for the security of the pilgrims.

So far, over 70,000 pilgrims had offered prayers at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice lingam.

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