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2 more die en route to Amarnath; death toll rises to 25

Srinagar: Pilgrims on their way to the Amarnath cave on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI7_19_2015_000057A)
Srinagar: Pilgrims on their way to the Amarnath cave on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI7_19_2015_000057A)

Two more pilgrims died due to enroute to the cardiac arrest 3,880 metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 25, officials said today.

Pradeep Kumar (64), a resident of Patna, died due to cardiac arrest at Panjtarni camp yesterday, the officials said.

Another pilgrim Satinder Prasad Singh (69) also died of cardiac arrest at Pahalgam last evening.

The latest death took the toll in the ongoing yatra, which started on July 2, up to 25. The dead also included a CRPF jawan.

So far, over 2.50 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine which houses the naturally formed ice-shivlingam in South Kashmir.

PTI