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2 Amarnath pilgrims detained for questioning over friend’s death

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Srinagar, Jul 16: Two persons were detained as they were carrying the body of their friend, who died in Ramban district after making a pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, on a motorcycle to his Tarn Taran residence in Punjab without informing the authorities, a police official said today.

The body of the 20-year-old pilgrim, Balkar Singh, has been sent for post-mortem while his two friends have been detained for questioning, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Mohan Lal was quoted as saying by PTI.

He said the family of the deceased was informed about the incident and they are reaching Ramban.

A motionless person in between a biker and a pillion rider at Nashri on Jammu-Srinagar national highway last evening raised the suspicion of police officials who stopped the motorcyclist for questioning, the official said.

“The person in the middle was found dead and immediately the body was shifted to district hospital Ramban. The motorcyclist and the other person were detained for questioning,” the SSP said.

During questioning, the duo revealed that the group was from Tarn Taran village and after making the pilgrimage to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas through Pahalgam route, Balkar Singh complained of uneasiness while they were leaving for Jammu, the officer said.

They said that Singh was given some medicines before proceeding for Jammu. The duo revealed that they felt Singh had died but decided to continue the journey with his body to reach home, Lal said.

“Prima facie, the death was caused by heart attack… investigation to ascertain the exact cause of his death is underway,” the SSP said.

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