Jammu, Jul 18 : A fresh batch of 4167 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 169 vehicles ferrying pilgrims was escorted by CRPF personnel in jeeps and on motorbikes. However, for Pahalgam route, 2087 male, 397 females, 14 children, 140 sadhus and one transgender left the base camp in 98 vehicles and for Baltal, 1124 male, 398 females and 11 children left in 71 vehicles including buses and LMVs.
Total 169 vehicles left the base camp for both the routes including 73 HMVs, 95 LMVs and a motorcycle. The first batch was flagged off from here 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)