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Security agencies on toes after explosion in bus carrying 11 Amarnath pilgrims, all yatris on board safe

According to latest reports, all the 11 pilgrims on board are safe.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Srinagar [ Updated: July 02, 2018 7:01 IST ]
Pilgrims wait in a queue to get themselves registered for

Pilgrims wait in a queue to get themselves registered for Amarnath Yatra, in Jammu on Sunday.

Security agencies were on toes on Sunday after a bus carrying 11 Amarnath pilgrims with  Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag met with an explosion, presumably because of an extra battery the vehicle was carrying. According to latest reports, all the 11 pilgrims on board are safe. Initial probe revealed that there were no explosives found from the spot of the incident. First information revealed that it was a grenade attack but later it turned out to be a false alarm.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas resumed on Pahalgam and Baltal routes after being suspended on Saturday due to inclement weather, officials said.

Also the fourth batch of 6,877 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for the twin camps in Kashmir after the yatra from the winter capital of the state was allowed to resume following restoration of traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

Traffic on the highway was suspended on Saturday as a precautionary measure due to threat of floods in the Valley.

As the water level in the Jhelum river started receding, the authorities decided to allow the pilgrims from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp to join the yatra.

In Srinagar, a spokesperson of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said, "Yatra resumed on both routes (Pahalgam and Baltal) this morning."

Pilgrims were allowed to resume their onward journey on foot on both the routes from the respective base camps - Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district after improvement in weather and in the condition of the tracks, he added.

The yatra was suspended on both routes on Saturday due to landslides and slippery road conditions and only 587 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave using helicopter services.

Despite incessant rains, the pilgrimage to the 3,880 metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced on June 28 after several hours of delay, but faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall. However, the pilgrimage faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall.

The 60-day yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the 'Raksha Bandhan' festival. 

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, directed its CEO Umang Narula to closely monitor the track conditions and their repair work before allowing the movement of pilgrims.

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