Yatris reach Baltal safely amid curfew in the valley

Srinagar, July 12: Curfew continued for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday in most parts of the Kashmir Valley to prevent widespread violence.

“Strict curfew shall continue in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama districts in south and Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Bandipora towns in the north,” a senior police official told mediapersons here.

“Curfew will also continue in the two central districts of Srinagar and Badgam.”

Since violence started here on Saturday following the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, 22, who was killed in a gunfight on Friday along with two of his associates, 30 people including 29 civilian protesters and a policeman have died.

“Of these, 14 people died in Anantnag, eight in Kulgam, four in Shopian, three in Pulwama and one in Srinagar district,” the official confirmed.

Twelve paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) troopers were injured on Monday evening when someone from a stone pelting crowd hurled a grenade at the forces in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area.

Intelligence agencies said this was a dangerous development.

The Amaranth Yatra resumed on Monday after remaining suspended for two days.

Three hundred vehicles carrying pilgrims entered Kashmir on Monday night.

“All the Yatris have safety reached the Baltal base camp and are now proceeding towards the cave shrine in regulated batches,” said an official of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual pilgrimage.

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