- 29 pilgrims also injured in accident that took place in Ramban district
- Bus part of official Amarnath Yatra convoy skidded off the road
- 7 Amarnath pilgrims were killed in a terror attack on Monday
The accident took place in Ramban along the highway. The bus, part of the official Amarnath Yatra convoy, skidded off the road and rolled down into a ravine. Senior Superintendent of Police in the region, Mohan Lal said that the rescue operation was underway.
Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2017
Last week, seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag. One more pilgrim died on Sunday. On Saturday, the sixteenth batch of 3,398 pilgrims - escorted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and police - left Jammu for the 3,888-metre Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas in south Kashmir.
The annual pilgrimage to Anantnag - amid tight security - is scheduled to conclude on August 7. This year, the authorities have decided to allow 7,500 pilgrims to visit each day.
The cave shrine is located at a distance of 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal in the state.