VHP seeks handing over of Amarnath Yatra route to Army

New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today asked that the Amarnath Yatra route should be handed over to the Army keeping in mind the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad also sought the opening of the Drass-Kargil route for the pilgrims in the Kashmir Valley. The demand was made in letters to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti.

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In his letters, VHP’s Surindra Kumar Jain said in view of the disturbances created by stone pelters and separatists earlier, the authorities should not only open the Leh-Kargil-Drass-Baltal route but also the entire yatra routes should be handed over to the Army.

The new route requires least facilities and pilgrims can start early in the morning from Drass and return after praying at the holy cave the same evening provided traffic was smooth at Jozilla Pass, Jain said.

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