Burhan anniversary: Amarnath yatra suspended

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Srinagar: Authorities on Sunday suspended the Amarnath yatra from Jammu for a day following the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

“In view of law and order situation in South Kashmir where three civilians were killed by the army on Saturday and militant Burhan Wani’s death anniversary, no fresh batch of pilgrims was allowed from Yatri Niwas base camp in Jammu on Sunday,” said an official.

Only pilgrims already in Baltal and Pahalgam will be allowed to move towards the cave shrine.

The Joint Resistance Leadership on Saturday had given a call for complete shutdown on Sunday across Kashmir on the second death anniversary of the Hizbul commander. Director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid said the decision to suspend the yatra from Jammu was taken in view of the law and order situation in Kashmir.

Till date, 83,130 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine. The current edition of the pilgrimage which began on June 28 has been blighted by bad weather.