Jammu, Jul 11 : A fresh batch of 5486 pilgrims on Thursday left for the Shri Amarnath Cave Shrine in South of Himalayas amid "Bam Bam Bhole" chants and rains from Yatri Niwas, Bhagwati Nagar base camp, here.
The fleet of 221 vehicles ferrying pilgrims was escorted by CRPF personnel in jeeps and on motorbikes. However, for Pahalgam route, 2514 male, 591 females, 25 children and 227 sadhus left the base camp in 133 vehicles and for Baltal, 1465 male, 654 females and 10 children left in 88 vehicles including buses and LMVs.
Total 221 vehicles left the base camp for both the routes including 91 HMVs, 128 LMVs and two motorcycles. The first batch was flagged off from Jammu on June 29 by the Advisor to Governor K K Sharma.
Multi-tier security arrangements have been made for smooth and successful conduct of 46-day long Yatra concluding on August 15 on the occasion of Sharavan Purnima (Rakshabandhan).(UNI)