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Anantnag attack
Injured woman pilgrim succumbs at SKIMS, toll 8
Guv announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia
SRINAGAR, Jul 16: A woman pilgrim, injured in an attack on a bus of Amarnath Yatris at Botengo in Anantnag, succumbed to her injuries in SKIMS here last night.

The deceased was identified as Lalitaben from Gujarat. With her death, the toll in the attack went to eight. The deceased include six women.

Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), has conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul. On behalf of the Shrine Board, he announced relief of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.

On the directions of Governor, Umang Narula, CEO of the Shrine Board, made all arrangements for the mortal remains of Lalita Ben, 55, wife of Bangobin resident of district Valsad, Gujarat, to be sent to her home town, Surat, by air, along with an attendant, Amit Kumar, a resident of Gujarat. A J&K Police official would also accompany the dead body.

The attack was widely condemned. The mainstream and separatist organizations while condemning the incident had described it as an inhuman act. The security forces had blamed Lashkar-e-Toiba for the attack, but the militant groups claimed that the incident was the handi-work of Indian agencies.

Meanwhile, with the natural death of two more pilgrims from Maharashtra and Gujarat, the death toll during the annual Amarnath pilgrimage so far has risen to 25.

65-year-old Sadashiv, a resident of Maharashtra, complained of breathlessness on reaching Baltal base camp from Jammu. He was immediately rushed to a hospital at the base camp where he died, a yatra official said this morning.

With this, a total of 18 yatris have died so far. Two of them died in accidents caused by shooting stones, while 16 others died of medical reasons. This figure excludes the 16 yatris killed in a major road accident at Ramban today.

One pilgrim from Telangana died due to a cylinder blast at Veesu-Mir Bazar, Qazigund, outside the yatra area and two persons, an ITBP Personnel and an ISRO Technician died before the start of yatra due to cardiac failures.

In the meanwhile fresh batches of pilgrims today left Nunwan Pahalgam and Batal base camps for the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far about 1.55 lakh yatris have paid obeisance since the commencement of the 40-day-long pilgrimage from June 29.

A fresh batch of 3603 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu base camp for base camps in Kashmir early this morning under unprecedented security arrangements.

The yatra was progressing smoothly from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks and weather was pleasant, a yatra official said.

However, the sky was cloudy from Baltal side. He said on the 17th day yesterday 8,638 devotees paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. With this a total of 1, 95,491 Yatris had the darshan at the Holy Cave so far.

News Updated at : Monday, July 17, 2017
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