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'2 lakh Yatris pay obeisance at cave shrine'

Amid tight security, the 17th batch comprising 3,603 pilgrims today left Jammu for the 3,888-metre-high Amarnath cave shrine.
PTI
Jammu | Posted : Jul 17 2017 1:05AM | Updated: Jul 17 2017 12:35AM
'2 lakh Yatris pay obeisance at cave shrine'
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On the 18th day of the Yatra 7,214 Yatris paid obeisance at the cave shrine and, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 2,02,705 Yatris  had the darshan at the cave shrine. 

Amid tight security, the 17th batch comprising 3,603 pilgrims today left Jammu for the 3,888-metre-high Amarnath cave shrine. 

The yatra from Jammu was suspended in view of the law and order situation in the Kashmir on July 8 but resumed on July 9. The government has mobilised around 35,000 to 40,000 personnel including the police, the Army, the BSF and the CRPF to provide a security blanket to the pilgrims.

In addition to the existing strength of the CRPF in the state, the Centre has provided over 250 companies (25,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to the state government.

The BSF has deployed over 2,000 troops for the yatra, the Army has provided 5 battalions (about 5,000 personnel) while an additional 5,400 personnel of the police have also been mobilised.