“No Yatri will be allowed to move towards the Valley from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city,” a senior police officer said. “The Yatra has been suspended due to the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley,” he added.An officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual pilgrimage said that 8,611 pilgrims paid homage at the holy Cave Shrine on Sunday.
“8,611 yatris had ‘darshan’ inside the holy Cave yesterday. These included yatris who had already reached the north Kashmir Baltal and south Kashmir Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camps,” he said. “Since the yatra started on July 2, 1,27,538 pilgrims have performed the yatra so far,” the SASB official added.
Around 15,000 yatris are waiting in Jammu for their turn to proceed to the Valley so that they can undertake the Yatra. Sources say that a team of officials from Gujarat is reaching here on Monday to find out the welfare of stranded Yatris belonging to their state.
“Gujarat chief minister spoke to state chief minister yesterday. It was agreed upon that a team of Gujarat government officials would arrive in Jammu to meet the yatris,” sources said.
They said that since mobile internet services remained suspended in Jammu city, it caused inconvenience for stranded yatris.