However, 11 persons including 10 devotees, have died due to medical reasons during the ongoing pilgrimage to the shrine in south Kashmir. (Agencies)
"10 Amarnath pilgrims and a helper (sevadar) have died so far during this year's yatra due to medical reasons," a police officer monitoring the yatra in Kashmir Valley said.
As many as 6,21,145 pilgrims undertook the Amarnath yatra last year, during which 93 people died due to medical reasons. Apart from this, 42 others lost their lives due to road accidents and other reasons.
In 2011, 106 people died due to medical reasons when a total of 6,35,611 pilgrims undertook the yatra.
The deaths due to medical reasons might be fewer this year as Shri Amarnath Shrine Board banned persons below 13 years of age or above 75 years of age, besides women who were six weeks or more pregnant, from participating in the yatra.
Nitish K Sen Gupta Committee, which was set up in 1996 to enquire into the tragedy in which 243 people were killed that year during the yatra, had recommended that no person under the age of 15 years or above 65 should be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.
Besides this, the Board has also barred the pilgrims who are not having compulsory Health Certificate while registering for this year's yatra.
However, 11 persons including 10 devotees, have died due to medical reasons during the ongoing pilgrimage to the shrine in south Kashmir.