Landslide triggered by heavy rain near Vaishno Devi shrine

Jammu: A landslide triggered by heavy rain today washed away a portion of the track to the hill shrine and hit a shelter for pilgrims which resulted in death of paramilitary trooper guarding the Vaishno Devi temple here.

District police chief Sujit Kumar of Reasi, where the shrine is located, told reporters that the landslide occurred near Gate No. 3 of a pilgrim shelter.

A head constable of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was confirmed dead after the mass of land fell on the shelter where the pilgrims were sitting, he said.

According to police officer said, “The body of the trooper has been recovered.”

The track to the shrine is vulnerable to landslides during the rainy season which is situated in the Trikuta hills of the mountainous areas of Reasi district.