13 Amarnath Pilgrims injured in a bus accident, all safe

New Delhi, July 12, News24 Bureau: Thirteen Amarnath pilgrims are injured after the minibus they were traveling in rammed into a stationary truck near Birma Bridge in Udhampur. Immediately after the accident, the driver has fled the spot.

The batch comprised pilgrims who were a part of a convoy carrying a fresh batch of 3,419 pilgrims including 680 women and 201 sadhus from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu to Kashmir to undertake the annual pilgrimage, the official said.

Thirteen pilgrims travelling in the vehicle were injured and admitted to a district hospital in Udhampur, the official said.

The injured were shifted to District Hospital Udhampur where the condition of two of the injured pilgrims is said to be critical. The injured pilgrims are from Jhansi and Gwalior.

The ill fated vehicle was the part of the cavaclade that left Jammu base camp early this morning for Srinagar.

2,217 pilgrims opted for the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track, while 1,202 others are performing the yatra through the 12-km Baltal route.

The accident occurred near Dherma bridge in Mallard area of Udhampur district, about 70 km from Jammu, around 5.30 am when the driver of the tempo lost control and hit the parked truck.

According to the sources, the condition of three of the injured pilgrims was stated to be 'serious' and they are being taken to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu.

While 10 of the injured pilgrims are residents of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, three others are from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the official said.

Amid tight security, the fresh batch of pilgrims had left in a fleet of vehicles from Jammu for the twin base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag district in the early hours today to pay obeisance at the 3,880 metre high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.

With Agencies