Srinagar, July 18, (Scoop News)- On being informed about a disharmonious incident between two Yatra Service Providers at the Baltal Yatra Camp, N.N. Vohra, Governor, J&K and Chairman, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, asked the Chief Executive Officer of the Board, Rakesh Kumar Gupta, to immediately proceed to the Camp and see that harmony is fully restored with the help of District Administration.
He also discussed the matter with the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, under whose direction the Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir), Shailendra Kumar, and IGP (Kashmir) Abdul Gani Mir, also rushed to Baltal. The Governor also spoke to the President of SABLO, the apex Langar Organization, Vijay Thakur, and urged him to ensure restoration of harmony, essential for the satisfactory progress of Yatra.
It may be mentioned that Clashes broke out on Friday near Baltal, the base camp of Amarnath Yatra, after a dispute between pony owners and those running community kitchens.
The incident took place at Dumail near Baltal area which comes under Sonamarg. A small altercation broke out between ‘langarwallahs’, who run community kitchens for the pilgrims, and local pony owners, who take the yatris through rough terrain to the holy cave shrine.
However, the quarrel soon took a violent turn as the local unit of CRPF tried to intervene.
Police spokesman maintained that only 12 people were wounded, sources said as many as 25 people were injured which included a few with burn injuries.
Sources said that 10 community kitchen were set on fire by protesters.
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