Maha Yatri dies, toll rises to 21
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Jammu: Thirteen Amarnath pilgrims were injured when their vehicle rammed into a stationary truck on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway here on Thursday, a police official said.
The pilgrims were part of a convoy carrying a fresh batch of 3,419 pilgrims including 680 women and 201 ‘sadhus’ from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here to Kashmir to undertake the annual pilgrimage, the official said.
He said the accident occurred near Dherma bridge in Mallard area of Udhampur district, about 70 kms from here, at around 5.30 AM when the driver of the tempo lost control and hit the parked truck.
Police team led by DySP Kulbir Handa launched the rescue operation and shifted the injured to hospital.
Thirteen pilgrims travelling in the vehicle were injured and admitted to a district hospital in Udhampur, the official said.
He said the condition of three of the injured pilgrims was stated to be serious and they are being taken to the Government Medical College Hospital here.
While 10 of the injured pilgrims are residents of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, three others are from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the official said.
The injured have been identified as Gourav Yadav (20) son of Rajesh Yadav resident of Orcha gate, Jhansi, UP ; Narender Kumar Tiwari (28) son of Babu Lal Tiwari resident of Unnao Gate, Jhansi UP; Manju Sahu (46) wife of Khem Raj Sahu; Khem Raj Sahu (47) so of Prabhu Dayal; Pooja Sahu (23) daughter of o Khem Raj Sahu all residents of Dabrah, Gwalior MP ; Basant Lal (47) son of Brij Lal resident of Khushipura, Jhansi UP; Pawan Sahu (39) son of Ramesh Sahu resident of Jhansi, near Pandit Vasudev Degree College; Abhishek Sahu (35) son of Munna Lal resident of Unnao Gate, Purani Rajai, Jhansi UP; Manoj Yadav (30) son of Yashrath Yadav resident of Khodan, Jhansi UP ; Rupesh Khare (40) son of Jagdiah Parsad resident of Bhatta Gaon, Jhasni ; Aman Raja son of Pritam resident of Lal Kurti, Jhansi UP; Sanjay Kumar (41) son of Kanta Parsad resident of Bhatta Gaon, Masjid wali Gali, Ward No. 3 Jhansi UP and Murli Sahu (39) son of Ram Gopal Sahu resident of House No. 71, Mewatipura inside Unnao Gate Jhansi UP.
Amid tight security, the fresh batch of pilgrims had left in a fleet of vehicles from here for the twin Base Camps of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag District in the early hours today to pay obeisance at the 3,880 metre high Cave Shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
Of them, 2,217 pilgrims opted for the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track, while 1,202 others are performing the Yatra through the 12-km Baltal route, the official said.
Meanwhile, an Amarnath pilgrim from Maharashtra died of cardiac arrest on the way to the holy cave shrine, police said.
Samarjeet Sarja, 52, died at Domail along the Baltal route in the south Kashmir Himalayas this morning, a police official said.
With this, the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage — which began on June 28 — has gone up to 21.
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