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2,966 pilgrims leave from Jammu as Amarnath Yatra resumes

The ninth batch of 2,966 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 3.20 a.m. on Monday in an escorted convoy of 123 vehicles

SNS | Jammu |

With the Amarnath Yatra resuming on Monday, after remaining suspended for a day, as many as 2,966 pilgrims left Jammu on Monday for the Kashmir valley.

“The ninth batch of 2,966 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 3.20 a.m. today (Monday) in an escorted convoy of 123 vehicles,” said a police officer.

No pilgrim was allowed to move towards the Valley from Jammu on Sunday due to security restrictions, he added.

Authorities had imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city and some other places in Kashmir on Sunday to prevent a protest called by the separatists to mark the second death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani who was killed in an anti-terror operation by security forces.

READ | J-K: Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent protest

Wani’s killing in an encounter on 8 July 2016 in Kokernag area of Anantnag district had triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the Valley.

Following the shutdown call, senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq were placed under house arrest while Muhammad Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody.

Ever since it started on June 28, as many as 94,412 pilgrims have performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra.

Meanwhile, militants in Bandipora district killed a woman by slitting her throat, police said on Monday.

Police said the militants barged into the house of Abdul Majid Dar, associated with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Shahgund village of Hajin area on Sunday night. They attacked Dar’s wife Shakeela Begum, and slit her throat. She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries, said the police.