Three Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, including two from Andhra Pradesh, died today en route to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas due to various causes, taking the number of dead in this year’s yatra to six.
Thota Radhnam, a 75-year-old woman from Fiwalayam in Andhra Pradesh, died of suspected cardiac arrest in a community kitchen at Baltal base camp this morning, a police official said.
Radha Krishna Sastry, 65, from Anantpora in Andhra Pradesh, also died due to cardiac arrest at Sangam near the holy cave, the official said.
He said the bodies of the deceased pilgrims have been kept at the Baltal base camp hospital for further legal proceedings, reported PTI.
A pilgrim, Pushkar Joshi, a resident of Uttarakhand, who was injured due to a shooting stone between Brarimarg and Railpathri yesterday, succumbed at a hospital in Srinagar early today, the official said.
With these, the death toll in this year’s yatra has gone up to six including three pilgrims, one BSF officer, one palanquin carrier and one yatra volunteer.
Last year, despite a terror attack, a record 2.60 lakh pilgrims had offered prayers during the 40-day-long annual Amarnath Yatra. Eight pilgrims were killed while 21 others were injured in the attack.
Forty other pilgrims, including 16 in a road accident on Jammu-Srinagar Highway on 16 July, died during last year’s pilgrimage with cardiac arrest being the major cause of deaths due to medical reasons