Administration refutes allegations of stone pelting on Yatris

Says incident happened between two groups of poniwallas among themselves

Amarnath Yatra 2018
An aerial view of route for pilgrims during Amarnath Yatra 2018

SRINAGAR — The administration refuted the misleading claims and allegations made in a video circulated on social media regarding stone pelting on Yatris.

In an official communiqué, the administration said that the incident had happened due to a minor dispute among the poniwallas themselves.

The administration has made all the arrangements for the smooth conduct of Yatris for the convenience of pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra.

The local people have been at the forefront to make the Yatra successful by rendering their relentless services since the beginning. This Yatra is an example of brotherhood, communal harmony and unity among the people.

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This Yatra represents spirituality and has been a substantial contributor to the economic development of J&K.

The video has been created with malicious intentions to create a divide among communities, spread disharmony and disturb peaceful Yatra. All the Yatris who have embarked on the pilgrimage of Holy Cave of Shri Amarnathji have testified to the good quality of services and appreciated the seamless Yatra.

It is pertinent to mention that the administration is committed to ensuring the safety and security of Yatris and all the stakeholders involved with Yatra. The administration has taken serious note of the incident and directed police to take strict action against those who are involved in the incident and lodge FIR against rumour mongers. Besides social media users are asked to refrain from spreading fake news.

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