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Athorities suspend Yatra, security convoy movement

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Srinagar, Jul 08: Jammu and Kashmir was on high alert Monday in view of the third death anniversary of Burhan Wani, once a poster boy of Hizbul Mujahideen militant group, as authorities suspended movement of Amarnath pilgrims and security forces’ convoys on the national highway for the day as a “precautionary measure”.

The Amarnath Yatra was put on hold following a strike called by separatist in the Kashmir Valley to mark Wani’s death anniversary, officials said, adding the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine, situated at an altitude of 3,880 metre, in the south Kashmir Himalayas will resume Tuesday.

The officials said the Amarnath-bound convoy, which usually leaves the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here for Kashmir in the early hours of the day, was not allowed to head for the cave shrine to avoid any untoward incident.

“The Yatra is suspended from Jammu for the day and will resume Tuesday,” a police official said.

The authorities also suspended movement of security forces’ convoys for the day without assigning any reason.

“No security forces convoy shall be allowed from both sides (Jammu and Srinagar) of the highway on Monday,” a police spokesman said Sunday.

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