Amarnath Yatra 2017 went underway on June 28 and has been in the news ever since. One of India’s most revered pilgrimages, the Amarnath Yatra sees a huge number of devotees visiting the Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir every year to pay their respects to the linga-shaped snow formation. Every year, several Hindu devotees embark upon this journey to pay their respects at one of the most popular shrines of India. The Yatra takes pilgrims through a challenging but picturesque route to the Amarnath temple.
This year, over 2.30 lakh pilgrims have registered for the 40-day long Amarnath Yatra. The pilgrimage culminates on August 7, 2017.
On Sunday, a bus carrying around 46 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims fell off the road into the Nashrana Nallah on the Jammu-Srinagar highway killing 16 pilgrims. Close to 35 other pilgrims were reportedly injured. The bus was heading towards Srinagar when it fell into a gorge around 1.45 pm. Rescue operations by the Indian Army began immediately and several injured passengers were airlifted to be taken for treatment. A few days ago, a terrorist attack claimed 7 lives in Kashmir Valley’s Anantnag which falls enroute the Amarnath shrine. Taking these recent events into consideration, it is extremely important to make a note of the Jammu and Kashmir helpline that pilgrims or their relatives can use for relevant information.
J&K POLICE SET-UP HELPLINE
For any queries and information regarding the injured pilgrims, police have established a helpline and asked people to contact SDPO Zadibal on 9419000200, SHO Soura on 9596770587, SHO Karan Nagar on 9596770527 or Police Control Room Kashmir on 0194-2506504-07.
Jammu helpline numbers for any information regarding injured people are GMC Bakshi Nagar Jammu 0191-2532000, 2560401, GMC Jammu 2585444, D.C. Jammu 2571912, SHO Bakshi Nagar 9419151378, SDPO 9622222449.