3 pilgrims die, toll rises to 17

SRINAGAR: A pilgrim from Punjab died due to brain hemorrhage at Baltal, base camp of holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, official sources said.
They said a yatrai identified as Gurman Singh, son of Gurtal Singh, resident of Punjab suffered a massive brain hemorrhage at Baltal base camp in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal early Monday morning. However, he was immediately rushed to medical camp where he was declared dead.
With this a total of 14 yatris have died due to health reasons and accidents during the first 12 days of 60-day-long Amarnath Yatra which commenced from June 28 from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks. The annual pilgrimage was intermittently affected due to landslides and slippery road conditions following rain.
Meanwhile two yatris were killed while six others were injured when vehicle, in which they were travelling, met with an accident in south Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Monday, official sources said.
With these killings, 17 yatris have died due to health reasons and landslides besides road accidents during the pilgrimage which commenced from June 28.
They said a yatra vehicle on its way to Jammu turned turtle at Qazigund on the highway resulting in on the spot death of a pilgrim and injuries to seven others. The injured were shifted to nearby hospital, they said adding one more injured succumbed.
The deceased pilgrims, who were returning to their homes after paying obeisance at the cave shrine, were identified as Gorab Brad and Vinod Kumar, residents of Ludhiana, Punjab.
The injured were identified as Ravinder Kumar, Devinder Kumar, Satnam Kumar, Sukhbeer, J Kumar and Ashu Talwar, residents of Ludhiana.