Srinagar, July 4: Five people were killed and four others were injured on Tuesday night due to a landslide on the Baltal route of the Amarnath Yatra in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
A police official said, “A landslide hit between Railpatri and Brarimarg on the Baltal route. Four men and a woman were found dead and their bodies are being sent to the Baltal base hospital. The identities of the injured are yet to be ascertained.”
Earlier on Tuesday, three pilgrims – including two from Andhra Pradesh — died en route to the Amarnath Shrine.
The two Andhra Pradesh residents died due to cardiac arrest. They have been identified as Thota Radhnam(75) from Fiwalayam and Radha Krishna Sastry (65) from Anantpora. Their bodies have been kept at the Baltal base camp hospital for further legal proceedings, according to an official.
Pushkar Joshi, a resident of Uttarakhand, who was injured due to a shooting stone between Brarimarg and Railpathri on Monday, died at a hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the landslide.
So far, 11 people have died while undertaking the Amarnath Yatra this year.
(With inputs from PTI)