Amid tight security, Amarnath yatra resumed from Monday evening from Jammu after remaining suspended for three days due to violent protests in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
"Amarnath yatra has resumed this evening from here. A batch of 3500 pilgrims left from Bagwatinagar base camp for Baltal and Pahalgam," Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.
The yatra was suspended on July 9 in the wake of violence in the Valley following the killing of the top Hizbul Mujahideen commander.
Amarnath Yatra from Jammu base camp suspended for the 3rd consecutive day, people in hope of a 'go-ahead' for yatra pic.twitter.com/mw0po9NZ20— ANI (@ANI_news) July 11, 2016
Earlier in the day, pilgrims had urged the state and Central governments to not stop the yatra and arrange 'tight security' for them. "We urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to resume the Amarnath yatra and not get threatened by violent protests of the militant sympathisers," Deepak Kumar, a devotee from Uttar Pradesh said.
Amid sloganeering of 'bum bum bolay and har har mahadev', the pilgrims had said they were ready to leave for the cave to ensure continuity of the yarta.
Till date, 1,27,358 yatris have visited the holy cave.