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Amarnath yatra death toll reaches six as two die today

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    Srinagar, Jul 4: The death of two pilgrims on Tuesday took the total death toll during this year's Amarnath Yatra, which began on July 29, to six.

    File photo of Amarnath yatra

    Chander Shakher (73), resident of Karnataka, fell unconscious after performing 'darshan' near the cave shrine around 11.35 AM. He was rushed to base camp hospital where doctors declared him as brought dead, they said.

    His body was handed over to his relatives for last rites, the officials said. Shiva Kanth Mishra (59), resident of Uttar Pradesh, suffered cardiac arrest when he was retuning from the cave shrine, at Brarimarg along the Baltal-cave route resulting in his on the spot death, they said.

    Their death raised the number of pilgrims, who died in the ongoing yatra to six. Besides, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of ITBP died of heart attack at Brarimarg on June 28 during deployment of the forces along the tracks for the security of the pilgrims.

    The 40-day annual yatra, which commenced from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district, is scheduled to culminate on August 7, coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.

    So far, over 70,000 pilgrims had offered prayers at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-lingam.

    PTI

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