Jammu: Amarnath yatra from Jammu was suspended on Friday in the wake of tension following the firing incident in Ramban district with no fresh batch of pilgrims being allowed to proceed to the Kashmir Valley. (Agencies)
"No fresh batch has been allowed to move to Kashmir valley from Jammu on Friday as a precautionary measure. It (Amarnath Yatra) has been suspended," a police officer said.
Till Thursday, about 41,673 pilgrims in 22 batches had left for Amarnath from Jammu. Over 2.50 lakh pilgrims have participated in this year's yatra to see the ice lingam of Lord Shiva at Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
Four persons were killed on Thursday 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.
Authorities have imposed curfew in all major towns of Kashmir. The move is seen as a precautionary measure to foil plans of separatist groups to stage protests against the Ramban firing incident which left four persons dead.
The decision to impose curfew was taken at a meeting of senior police and civil administration officials on Friday night after reviewing the law and order situation, official sources said. Curfew has been imposed in all areas of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts and Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bijbehara and Sopore towns, the 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, they said. The sources said curfew has been imposed as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problems in view of the separatist calls for protests and march to Lal Chowk.
Jammu: Amarnath yatra from Jammu was suspended on Friday in the wake of tension following the firing incident in Ramban district with no fresh batch of pilgrims being allowed to proceed to the Kashmir Valley.