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Divorced woman security guard smothered to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old woman’s body was found inside her home in Inderpuri area in west Delhi, early morning on Tuesday, where she had been staying with her live-in partner.According to the police, the woman who worked as a security guard at multiplex in Connaught Place, had been staying on the second floor of the house with a man who she had introduced as her husband to the landlord. Police found during an initial probe that the deceased was living separately from her husband and was undergoing a divorce case.The death came to light when the woman did not report for work at 3:30 pm on Tuesday and her security supervisor visited her house where he found her body lying on the floor and informed the police.The police said, prima facie it appears that she was smothered to death. No clues of sexual assault have surfaced so far, but post mortem reports are awaited, they said.The woman hails from West Bengal. She had two children from her husband and they were living with him.In another case, a body of a woman who had left her brother’s place in south Delhi after Raksha Bandhan on Monday was found lying in a pond. Police are probing the matter.As stated by the woman’s family members during an initial probe, the woman had left her brother’s house in south Delhi’s Bhati Mines area but did not return home.”When locals and family members started looking for her after registering a missing complaint, the woman was found lying in nearby pond, in unconscious state. When she was rushed to a hospital, the doctors declared her dead,” said a senior police officer.”Only once the autopsy reports are received, will it be confirmed if the woman died accidentally or was murdered. We are also awaiting medical reports to confirm if she was sexually assaulted,” a senior police officer said. CCTV footages are also being checked to establish the sequence of events.

Man, girl survive after jumping in front of moving train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 10-year-old girl, along with a 24-year-old man, attempted to commit suicide by jumping in front of a moving train near Narela railway station in Rohini, on the day of Raksha Bandhan, on Monday.Police said that while the man lost both his legs in the accident, the girl also sustained critical injuries. However, both of them survived.According to the police, the matter was reported late on Monday, when locals spotted the duo jumping in front of a moving train, and then alerted the police.The duo was then taken to a hospital and were found to be living near each other’s residences in Narela area. Their families were then approached and informed about the matter.”A primary probe has revealed that the girl and the man were known to each other for the past few months. Their statement will be recorded once they are in a stable condition. The family of the girl has also alleged that their girl was taken by the man to the railway track. Efforts to ascertain these allegations are still being made,” said a senior police officer.

Woman delivers baby in e-rickshaw after alleged delay in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The relatives of a 28-year-old woman have claimed that she had to deliver her baby in an e- rickshaw outside a hospital here due to alleged dilly-dallying by its staffers in admitting her. The Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial (LLRM) Medical College authorities, however, have refuted the charge and launched a probe into the matter. Suman, a resident of Kanshiram Residential Colony here, yesterday went into labour pain and soon her family members called up ASHA worker as well as an ambulance. “But neither of them arrived and as Suman’s condition worsened she had to be taken to the hospital in an e- rickshaw,” her brother-in-law Suresh claimed. He alleged that when they reached the hospital, the staffers kept them running from pillar to post instead of admitting her for half an hour. “When her pain increased, a woman who had accompanied us to the hospital helped her deliver the baby in the e- rickshaw,” Suresh claimed. He said it was only after the child was born that the chief medical superintendent (CMS) of the hospital, Dr Ajit Chaudhary, reached the spot and got the mother admitted in the maternity ward. The baby, who was born on the day of ‘Raksha Bandhan’, has been named ‘Raksha’, Suresh said. The CMS said a probe has been initiated and the woman’s statement would be recorded. If any staffer is found guilty, necessary action would be taken against them, Chaudhary added. Hospital’s gynaecologist Dr Abhilasha claimed the woman had been suggested to get admitted in the maternity ward two days ago but her family insisted that she would stay at home. The mother and the child both at present are doing well, she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chhattisgarh: Security personnel accused of ‘molesting’ schoolgirl at Raksha Bandhan event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The authorities here have ordered an inquiry into a recent incident, in which security personnel allegedly molested the girl students of a state-run residential school during a cultural programme held ahead of Raksha Bandhan in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.The district administration has constituted a five-member panel to look into the allegation and the police too have launched a probe after lodging a case in this regard.The incident allegedly took place on July 31, when a Raksha Bandhan programme was organised by the CRPF troopers at a residential school in Palnar village under Kuakonda police station, Dantewada Collector Saurabh Kumar told PTI.The paramilitary force, deployed to counter Left-Wing Extremism in the area, has been organising such events at Palnar for the last nine years.Nearly 500 girls took part in the July 31 event, to be telecast on the local news channels, and tied rakhi to the CRPF personnel, said Kumar.”On August 1, we received a complaint from the hostel warden that three girls were searched by the security personnel on the pretext of frisking, which should not be done with kids,” he added.The collector said on August 2, he went to the hostel, along with the Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) and local CRPF Deputy Inspector General, and spoke to the girls in the presence of women officials, including the warden.”The girls said they were physically searched by the men in uniform when they were returning from the toilet,” he said.Kumar added that according to the girls, one securityman physically searched them while another kept watching the act.”Based on their statements, a five-member committee, headed by the Dantewada zila panchayat chief executive officer, was formed to probe the matter,” he said.The other members of the panel are the Dantewada additional superintendent of police (ASP), sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), district education officer (DEO) and tehsildar.Subsequently, an FIR was lodged against the two unidentified security personnel under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act at the Kuakonda police station, said Kumar.The CCTV footage obtained from the hostel premises was also being analysed, he added.”We are in constant touch with the CRPF, which is also investigating the matter at its level, and trying our best to identify the accused, so that the harshest punishment can be meted out to them,” said the collector.Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Soni Sori accused the authorities of “trying to cover up” the issue.”I was not allowed to meet the students when I went to the hostel. I spoke to the girls from the nearby villages, who study in the school. They told me that the incident had indeed taken place. Some security personnel followed the girls to the toilet, where they molested them,” she alleged.

Human trafficking survivor writes to Modi, narrates her ordeal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A human trafficking survivor has written an emotional letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, narrating her ordeal when she was forced into flesh trade and urging him to rescue women like her. The letter was handed over to Modi by chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) Vijaya Rahatkar yesterday. Rahatkar met the prime minister in New Delhi and tied a rakhi on his wrist on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. In her two-page letter, the survivor said she was trafficked and sold to a city brothel where she spent six years in “hellish” conditions. “I was beaten up regularly and treated as worse than an animal. I had lost all hopes of coming out of the brothel and was sure to die there,” she said. However, the woman was lucky enough to be rescued from the “dark world” and is now living a dignified life. “A day came when the Mumbai Police, along with an NGO, rescued me from the dark world and gave me a new lease of life. I was rehabilitated and I’m now working in a garment outlet,” her letter reads. The woman requested the prime minister to ensure victims like her are rescued and properly rehabilitated. “On the day of Raksha Bandhan, I request you to please act as a saviour of your sisters who are still living hellish life in brothels.” Rahatkar, who is also the national president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, said she is confident that the PMO would take cognisance of the letter and act on it. “Our (MSCW) motto is to bring qualitative changes in the lives of distressed women. I am confident the PMO would take suitable action on it (the letter),” she told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two minors stamped entry seal on faces at Bhopal Central Jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a weird case of tagging for identity, two minors were stamped with an entry seal on their face when they reached to meet their imprisoned relatives on Raksha Bandhan at the Bhopal Central Jail yesterday. The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) too has taken cognizance of the matter after the photographs of two children including a girl with an entry seal on their faces surfaced in a section of media here. The jail authorities, however, said the incident of ‘stamping-seal-on-face’ was an unintentional goof-up and might have been done mistakenly due to surge of visitors in the jail premises to mark the festive day of Raksha Bandhan. “Couple of children might have been stamped an entry seal on their cheeks. It was unintentional and done mistakenly as over 8,500 people mostly women and children visited the jail premises on the day of Raksha Bandhan,” Bhopal Central Jail’s Superintendent Dinesh Nargave told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two killed in accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons were killed when their bike was hit by a truck in Bisauli area here, police said today. The incident took place when Gaurav (20) and his aunt Kirti (25) were returning home after celebrating Raksha Bandhan at their relative’s place yesterday. While Gaurav died on the spot, Kirti was rushed to hospital, where she died during treatment. A probe is on in the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BEST strike: Commuters opt for alternative transport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the 30 lakh passengers ferrying in BEST buses were left in a lurch due to the strike; other modes of transport came to the rescue. To begin with, suburban local trains played an important role as many shifted to it. It was also a field day for auto rickshaw and taxi drivers who milked people in every way possible. Even fleet cabs like TabCab and Meru were seen on the road, whose presence for several months has been a lull.Every day, around 74 lakh people travel by the suburban system, but as it was Raksha Bandhan, quite a number of offices had declared a public holiday or people opted for leave. This compensated for those using the BEST buses for travel. Sources in the railways said all local train services were operational and they did not run the holiday schedule where 30 per cent fewer services ply.”We expect an additional 10 per cent rise in daily commuters inside local trains,” said a CR official on the condition of anonymity. Trains and platforms were crowded in the morning and evening peak hours but then gradually eased. The Western Railway ran four extra services between Churchgate and Virar stations between 10am-2pm.Anticipating the crowd, rail authorities also opened up a few more ticket windows, at Kandivli, Goregaon, Bhayander, apart from regular counters being operated in double shifts and without lunch breaks. “We deputed commercial inspectors at the railway stations to monitor the rush at ticket windows,” said Gajanan Mahatpurkar, PRO, Western Railway.The Central Railway too opened additional ticket windows at Kalyan, Dombivali, Thane, Ghatkopar, Dadar, Kurla and Bhandup stations. “These catered to the extra rush of daily ticket seekers likely to occur due to BEST bus strike,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway.People normally use buses to come not only as feeder routes to reach railway stations, but also as long distance routes along the highways on eastern and western suburbs, LBS Road, SV Road and various link roads. On August 7, due to the strike, few of the taxi and auto rickshaw drivers took advantage of the situation as they levied seat-wise charges instead of by the meter.”We had kept our officers from different RTOs outside railway stations and even at the BMC disaster control room to monitor the situation. We shall take action against those drivers who are overcharged,” said Praveen Gedam, Transport Commissioner.Even the fleet cabs TabCabs and Meru were seen plying. Over the past few months, the number of these fleet cabs on road have dropped. However, on Monday, the fleet cab companies claimed the demand spiked by 15-20 per cent. Meanwhile, the recurring problem of Uber and Ola, of surge pricing continued even on the day of the strike.

Manohar Parrikar celebrates ‘Raksha Bandhan’ with special kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday celebrated Raksha Bandhan along with students from Disha School for Special Children at his residence. Students from other schools like Dr. K.B. Hedgewar High School and Sr. Shobha of Brahma Kumaris tied rakhi to Chief Minister. He wished them luck and success. Raksha Bandhan was celebrated all over the country on Monday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tibetan women tie rakhi on RSS chief’s wrist in Nagpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of Tibetan women from neighbouring Gondia district today tied rakhi on the wrist of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Tibetan women from Gothangaon in Gondia district visit the RSS headquarters here on every Raksha Bandhan to tie rakhi on Bhagwat’s wrist. Following their flight to India in 1959, Tibetan refugees were rehabilitated in various parts of the country. One such refugee settlement is located at Gothangaon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven BJP women MPs send rakhis to slain RSS worker’s brother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a unique gesture of solidarity on Raksha Bandhan, seven BJP women MPs today sent rakhis to brother of an RSS worker killed near here on July 29.”We want to say that you are not alone, we are your sisters from various parts of the nation…we share your grief, stand with you and your family,” the women MPs said in a letter to Rajiv, younger brother of Rajesh. Rajesh was hacked to death on July 29 at nearby Sreekaryam in Kerala.”We are sending you a thread of rakhi as a mark of our love, support and respect for you and to say that we are praying to God for your protection and for the long life of everyone in your family,” they said. Riti Pathak, Sampatiya Uike, Anju Bala, Bharti Ben Shiyal, Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, Roopa Ganguly and Pritam Munde are the members of parliament behind the initiative.Referring to the attack on the RSS worker, they said it was violence against humanity and the Constitution, urging all women, cutting across party lines, to stand against it and act together. “We stand with all victims of CPI(M) violence in Kerala,” the MPs said. The BJP has maintained that CPI(M) workers were behind the killing of Rajesh.Union minister Arun Jaitley had visited the family of the RSS worker on August 6 and accused the ruling CPI(M) of unleashing its cadres for “eliminating rivals and creating an environment of violence”. He had also said that incidents of violence increased every time the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was in power.BJP-RSS and CPI(M) cadres are locked in a bloody battle of attrition in the state, which has claimed several lives on both sides. There has been a spurt in such incidents in the recent past as the BJP seeks to expand its base in the state. Both sides have traded charges against each other over the violence.

Raksha Bandhan celebrated with fervor in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated across Rajasthan today. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje greeted the people on this occasion and tied Rakhis on the wrists of police commandos who are deployed for her security. Several girls from a child care home also celebrated the festival with Raje at the CM s residence. Rajasthan roadways offered free ride to all women today, said a Roadways spokesperson. Special arrangements were also made at central jail in Jaipur for the festival.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai: 3,700 BEST buses off the road as workers go on strike, commuters face the brunt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was no sight of Mumbai’s red-hued buses operated by BEST on Monday morning. The entire fleet of 3700 buses were off the roads and have been parked inside bus depots since last night. More than 24,000 drivers, conductors and depot staff remained absent despite the administration’s threat of enforcing the Maharashtra Essential Services and Maintenance Act (MESMA). This is an internal notification that states that electricity and transport are essential services, so employees will render themselves liable for stern disciplinary action.There are 30 lakh daily bus commuters in the city who have been affected by this. Local trains seemed the obvious choice for many as they were more crowded than usual. Despite it being Raksha Bandhan, several offices are open, while later in the day many people would be visiting relatives for celebrating the occasion.In the morning hours, people were seen walking past bus stops, many were trying to hail cabs or auto rickshaws which were also running full and were over-charging passengers. Ola and Uber rides were also expensive due to surge pricing. “None of the buses are on the road, they were not refueled the previous night and are now parked in the bus depots,” said a BEST official.The BEST Workers Union, BEST Kamgar Sena and other unions across political party lines have decided to go on strike along with 36000 employees. They have demanded that BMC which is the parent organisation of BEST, gives them a written assurance that salaries would be paid by 10th of each month, as well as other demands. ALSO READ Mumbai: 36,000 BEST workers on strike; to affect around 30 lakh commuters “We will be having another round of meetings with the unions to resolve the matter,” said Anil Kokil, Chairman, BEST Committee. In the last two days, several meetings took place, but matters couldn’t be resolved.The state Transport department had asked private bus owners to operate their buses for ferrying people, apart from school buses and those used by companies for their employees.

Students tie rakhis to trees, pledge to save them

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Imagine tying rakhi to a tree!No guesses here. Students of University of Jammu celebrated Raksha Bandhan in a unique style when they tied rakhis to trees to sent across the message of saving environment and making people aware about the benefits of plants in daily lives.Organised by the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, the event was held in the sprawling Botanical Garden where participants tied sacred threads to plants having heritage, medicinal and aesthetic value. They included tulsi, temple tree (plumeria), camphor, paarijaat, chandan, panchmikhi rudraaksh, timbru, mahua, putranjiva, peepal, sohanjana, chandani and many more.More than 60 students, research scholars and faculty members participated. “They expressed their affection and harmony towards nature, and took pledge to protect and conserve the nature and its resources for cleaner, greener and healthier prospects,” said a spokesman of University of Jammu.Prof Yash Pal Sharma, Head, Department of Botany, University of Jammu, said besides strengthening the family bonds, it is increasingly imperative to develop a strong relationship with the flora and fauna in the present times.”Science has proved that the plants can also sense, feel, understand and communicate and are the saviours of humanity. Therefore, let us protect and care for them,” he said.Prof Sharma said it was not just a symbolic gesture and that they are actually in the process of implementing it in research and other routine activities. “We are sensitising the students so that they in turn sensitise others,” he said.Meanwhile, Army jawans and locals celebrated Raskha Bandhan festival in the border areas of Lower Krishna Ghati, Jhullas and Mendhar in the Poonch district of Jammu on Sunday.”Young girls of various schools and colleges went to the nearby Army units at Lower Krishna Ghati and Jhullas to tie rakhis to jawans. The girls from Nari Niketan at Mendhar also tied rakhis to jawans at Mendhar. The initiative was reciprocated by the Army personnel with enthusiasm,” said a Defence spokesman at Jammu.

BSNL launches Raksha Bandhan offer for pre-paid customers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSNL has launched Rakhi pe Sougaat , a special Raksha Bandhan offer for its pre-paid customers in Himachal Pradesh which will allow unlimited calling on BSNL and 74 minutes on other networks with a validity of 5 days.Sunil Kumar, MD, BSNL told PTI, If you recharge your phone with Rs 74, you will get free calling facility on BSNL network plus free talk time of 74 minutes on any other network for 5 days.The offer can be availed from today till August 15.

Haryana village to send 1001 rakhis for ‘bhaiya’ Donald Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He may have not heard of Rakhi, but the women and girls of a remote Muslim-dominated village “symbolically” named by an NGO after US President Donald Trump will send him 1001 sacred threads on the Hindu festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond.The gesture by the residents of Marora village in the backward Mewat region represents the “wish of the people that ties are further strengthened between India and the US”, says the NGO which has adopted the village.The village had come into limelight after Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) chief Bindeshwar Pathak had announced to name it ‘Trump’s village’.The district administration had later said the move to rename the village was “illegal”, forcing the organisation members to remove boards mentioning the new name.They said signage boards and banners carrying the new name of the village and image of Trump had been removed by the organisation.The village, with a population of 1,800 people, lies under Punhana Tehshil, some 60 km from Gurgaon.”The NGO has been conducting many welfare programs for women and girls in the village”, Monica Jain, vice president of the NGO said.”These students have made 1001 rakhis with photos of Donald Trump and 501 rakhis for Narendra Modi. Women and girls of the village consider them their elder brothers”, she said.The consignment of rakhis was sent on Friday through cargo so that it reached the US president on Raksha Bandhan on August 7. The villagers are also sending invitations to the two leaders to visit the village.Widows of the village have also expressed a desire to meet Modi on Raksha Bandhan at his residence in the national capital and tie rakhis.”I have made 150 rakhis within three days for Trump bhaiyaa. I also written in a letter to be sent to the White House that the girls of your village want you to visit it with PM Modi”, said 15-year-old Rekha Rani, a resident of the village.Sulabh had recently constructed 95 toilets in Marora to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship program to make every village in the country open defecation free.The village has 140 houses and only 45 of them were equipped with toilet facility. Sulabh constructed the remaining 95 toilets, Jain said.

36 attacks on Amarnath yatra in 27 years, 53 pilgrims killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 53 pilgrims have been killed in 36 terror attacks on the annual Amarnath yatra in the last 27 years, the Lok Sabha was informed today.”From 1990 till date, 36 terrorist attacks have been reported on Amarnath yatris in which 53 were killed and 167 were injured,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in reply to a written question.Ahir said all possible arrangements are being made by the Jammu and Kashmir government with the help of the Centre to strengthen the pilgrimage’s security.In the latest terror attack that took place on July 10, seven pilgrims were killed in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. One injured pilgrim succumbed to her injuries later.Replying to another question, he said the duration and schedule of the pilgrimage is based on the decision taken by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board every year.The duration of the yatra is decided by the extent of snowfall in the preceding winter and the date on which Raksha Bandhan falls, when it is traditionally concluded, he said.Therefore, the minister said, the duration of the pilgrimage varies from year to year. In 2017, the pilgrimage commenced on June 29 and will culminate on Raksha Bandhan which falls on August 7.”As such, the 2017 yatra is of 40 days. In 2016, it commenced on July 2 and concluded on August 18, and therefore, it was of 48 days,” he said.

Amarnath pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest, toll at 19

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 44-year-old pilgrim from Maharashtra today died near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 19, officials said. Govind Baburao Poraty, a resident of Nagpur, died at lower cave hospital due to cardiac arrest, the officials said. They said the body of the deceased was brought back to Baltal base camp and handed over to his family for last rites. The death toll in this year’s yatra now stands at 19, which includes seven pilgrims killed in the Anantnag terrorist attack on Monday night. The 40-day Amarnath yatra started on June 29 from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district and is scheduled to culminate on August 7, coinciding with the Hindu festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’. Meanwhile, over 9,000 pilgrims paid obeisance today at the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-lingam considered by devotees as a symbol of Lord Shiva, “Today, on the 15th day of the yatra, 9,197 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave and, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 1,77,134 yatris had ‘darshan’ at the shrine,” an official spokesman said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath Yatra: Two pilgrims die, toll goes to 6

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two pilgrims died on Tuesday after paying obeisance at the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to six, officials said.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 in 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 a cardiac arrest when he was retuning from the cave shrine, at Brarimarg along the Baltal-cave route.Their death raised the number of pilgrims, who died in the ongoing yatra, which began on June 29, to six.Earlier, 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

Over 46,000 pilgrims paid obeisance at Amarnath till now

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 17,000 pilgrims today paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath, with over 46,000 visiting it in the first four days of the pilgrimage. Meanwhile, six pilgrims were injured today when their vehicle collided with a tipper in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. On the fourth day of the yatra, 17,613 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave, an official spokesman said here. He said till date 46,795 people have paid obeisance at the holy cave. The annual yatra in Kashmir had begun amid terror threats, according to an Intelligence warning, prompting the authorities to mobilise the “highest level” of security measures, including satellite tracking system. The government has mobilised a heavy security blanket of over 35,000 to 40,000 troops including the police, Army, BSF and CRPF as part of the multi-tier security for the pilgrimage. In addition to the existing strength of the CRPF in the state, the Centre has provided over 250 companies (25,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to the state government. The BSF has deployed over 2,000 troops for the yatra while the Army has provided five battalions (about 5,000 personnel) and additional 54 companies (5,400 personnel) of the police have also been mobilised. The yatra will be eight days shorter this year against last year’s 48 days and conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7. Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath pilgrim from Bengal dies of cardiac arrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 72-year-old pilgrim from West Bengal died today due to cardiac arrest en route for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to three. A K Mukherji, a resident of Howrah, died due to cardiac arrest at Poshpathri this morning, a police official said. With this, the death toll in this year’s yatra has risen to three. A pilgrim from Jammu was killed by a shooting stone at Brarimarg on June 29, while an assistant sub-inspector of the ITBP suffered cardiac arrest at the same place a day before. Meanwhile, more than 15,000 pilgrims paid obeisance at the naturally-formed Ice Shiva Lingam inside the cave shrine till 9 am today, an official of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said. He said the yatra was going on smoothly from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes. The 40-day yatra will conclude on August 7, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man dies after being hit by rock enroute Amarnath yatra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A community kitchen operator died today after getting hit on the head by a rock at Brarimarg on Baltal route to the cave shrine of Amarnath, taking the death toll in this year’s yatra to two. Bhushan Kotwal (47), a resident of Punjab, died on the spot after he was hit in the head by the rock rolling down the mountain at Brarimarg, a police official said. He said Kotwal’s body was taken to Baltal base hospital for legal formalities. Yesterday, an Assistant Sub Inspector of ITBP, Sanjun Singh, died of cardiac arrest between Brarimarg and the holy cave. The annual yatra began today and will conclude on August 7, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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