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Kashmir unrest: Amarnath Yatra suspended for third time from Jammu

Jammu: The annual Amarnath Yatra was on Tuesday suspended for the third time in the last 10 days due to the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of the Hizbul commander Burhan

India TV News Desk [ Published on: July 19, 2016 15:55 IST ]
Amaranth pilgrims at a base camp in Jammu on Friday
Image Source : PTI Amaranth pilgrims at a base camp in Jammu on Friday

Jammu: The annual Amarnath Yatra was on Tuesday suspended for the third time in the last 10 days due to the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of the Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

“The yatra has once again been put on hold due to the ongoing unrest in the Valley that witnessed killing of two more persons in Qazigund area on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway,” a police officer said. 

“The yatra was suspended after the situation was reviewed by senior officers. They will hold another review meeting to decide on resuming the yatra later in the evening,” he said.

The yatra was initially suspended on July 9 and resumed on July 11 amid tight security. It was stopped again on July 14 and restarted on July 16.

The toll in the 10-day-long spate of violence in the Valley has mounted to 42.

The clashes began soon after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8. 

Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across the Valley for strict implementation of the prohibitory orders, the official said. 

He said there were no reports of fresh violence from anywhere in the Valley so far. 

Normal life also remained paralysed for the 11th day today due to separatist sponsored strike, which has now been extended till July 22. 

(With PTI inputs)

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