Srinagar: Amarnath yatra remained suspended for the second day on Saturday in view of curfew imposed in many parts of Kashmir Valley and Ramban district on Jammu Srinagar National Highway, due to the firing incident in Gool area.

No fresh batch of pilgrims was allowed to proceed towards Kashmir from the base camp in Jammu. An official spokesman last night said the decision to suspend the yatra was taken as a precautionary measure.
    
"Due to the prevailing situation, and the restrictions imposed in the parts of the state, the Amarnath yatra shall remain suspended," the spokesman said.
     
Over 2.50 lakh pilgrims have participated in this year’s yatra to perform the darshan of the naturally-formed ice lingam at Amarnath cave in south Kashmir Himalayas.
     
Four people were killed on Friday when security personnel opened fire at a mob that had gathered at a BSF camp in Ramban district to protest against alleged manhandling of an Imam of the area by the force.

Curfew continues in Kashmir valley

Curfew was imposed on Friday as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problems in view of separatist calls for protests and march to Lal Chowk. Curfew remained in force in areas of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts and Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bijbehara and Sopore towns, official sources said.
    
Restrictions under section 144 CrPC, which does not permit assembly of four or more persons, have been imposed in rest of the Valley, the sources said.
    
Police and paramilitary CRPF have deployed in large numbers across the city and sensitive towns of the Valley to maintain law and order. The law enforcing agencies have erected barricades at many places within the city and other trouble spots of the Valley.
    
Meanwhile, traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained suspended for the third day ON Saturday due to the tension prevailing across the curfew-bound areas. Spokesman of the Traffic Department said the vehicular movement on the highway will remain suspended till further orders.

(Agencies)

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