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Amarnath Yatra: 36 attacks in 27 years, 53 pilgrims killed

Duratrion, schedule of pilgrimage based on extent of snowfall, day of Rakhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

File of a sadhu proceeds towards the holy cave shrine as security personnel guard near Nunwan base camp on Tuesday, a day after the militants attacked Amarnath pilgrims onboard a bus.(Photo: PTI)
File of a sadhu proceeds towards the holy cave shrine as security personnel guard near Nunwan base camp on Tuesday, a day after the militants attacked Amarnath pilgrims onboard a bus.(Photo: PTI)

As many as 53 pilgrims have been killed in 36 terror attacks on the annual in the last 27 years, the was informed on Tuesday.

"From 1990 till date, 36 terrorist attacks have been reported on Amarnath yatris in which 53 were killed and 167 were injured," Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in reply to a written question.


Ahir said all possible arrangements are being made by the with the help of the Centre to strengthen the pilgrimage's security.

In the latest terror attack that took place on July 10, seven pilgrims were killed in Anantnag district of One injured pilgrim succumbed to her injuries later.

Replying to another question, he said the duration and schedule of the pilgrimage are based on the decision taken by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board every year.

The duration of the yatra is decided by the extent of snowfall in the preceding winter and the date on which Raksha Bandhan falls, when it is traditionally concluded, he said.

Therefore, the minister said, the duration of the pilgrimage varies from year to year. In 2017, the pilgrimage commenced on June 29 and will culminate on Raksha Bandhan which falls on August 7.

"As such, the 2017 yatra is of 40 days. In 2016, it commenced on July 2 and concluded on August 18, and therefore, it was of 48 days," he said.

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