Tense Kashmir situation leaves Amarnath pilgrims stranded

August 5th, 2010 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI  

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By Parvez Bhat

Srinagar, Aug 5 (ANI): Pilgrims heading towards the holy shrine of Amarnath
in Jammu and Kashmir are stranded in Srinagar due to the ongoing protests in
the state.

Pilgrims in large numbers have been stuck at the Tourist Reception Center in
Srinagar and are facing problems related to food, water and transport.

“We are stuck here since four days, and children are also crying. No
facilities are available to us like food and water,” said Mahanta Devi, a
stranded passenger

The state road transport corporation is shut down, as nobody is ready to
head towards Kashmir.

Stranded devotees are expecting help from the government, as there are no
facilities available to them at present.

“We want the government to provide facilities for us, we are starving and
their is no water available here, no transport available here, all the pilgrims
are facing trouble because of no availability of anything,” said Krishan, a
devotee

The pilgrimage will conclude on August 25, which happens to be Raksha
Bandhan, the siblings festival.

Pilgrims have been facing dozens of problems due to the protests and curfew
imposed by government to control the violent protests.

The Kashmir Valley has seen a recent surge of violence that has led
authorities to impose an on-and-off curfew in parts of the region. (ANI)

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