Jammu, Jul 24: A fresh batch of 2723 pilgrims on Wednesday 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 100 vehicles ferrying pilgrims was escorted by CRPF personnel in jeeps and on motorbikes. However, for Pahalgam route, 1114 male, 220 females, one child, 141 sadhus left the base camp in 51 vehicles and for Baltal, 837 male, 406 females and four children left in 49 vehicles including buses and LMVs.
Total 100 vehicles left the base camp for both the routes including 52 HMVs, 46 LMVs and two motorcycles.
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)