JAMMU:- Heavy rainfall  in Jammu and Kashmir for as far back as 36 hours slowed down the Amarnath Yatra. The third cluster of pilgrim, who left for the yatra today morning, have been requested to return as movement from Pahalgam, one of the twin route to the place of worship, has been suspended because of terrible climate and landslide.

A batch  of more than 2,876 travellers had left Bhagwati Nagar base camp in an armada of 90 vehicles under tight security  beginning of the day. However, they will now need to come back from Chandanwari, which is at a separation of 15 kms from Pahalgam.

“No traveler was permitted to move towards the Cave Shrine due to rain and elusive conditions along the two treks,” an authority said.

Landslides  in the Banihal-Udhampur sector  and shooting of stones at four spots at Panthal, Nedgard, Digdol and Samroli prior in the day obstructed the 260-km interstate – the main all-climate street associating Kashmir with rest of the nation, authorities said.

Security has been supported to maintain a strategic distance from any untoward incident.  “Our personnel are patrolling 24×7. We’ve also got special dog squad to help us detect suspicious objects and we have also started a helpline, senior superintendent of police, railways, said.

The 60-day yearly journey was planned to begin from Pahalgam in Anantnag region and Baltal in Ganderbal region Thursday morning. More than two lakh explorers have so far enrolled for the yatra which is planned to finish up on August 26 matching with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ celebration.

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