Cabbies booked for fake social media posts on attack on yatris

Jammu: The police have booked some taxi drivers here for allegedly circulating a false social media post, claiming occurrence of stone pelting on Amarnath pilgrims and scaring them.

Police said they have booked taxi drivers from two different groups for depicting the broken and damaged window panes of their taxis’ as having been caused due to stone-pelting on pilgrims.

They said a travel agency operating near Jammu railway station had hired some taxis from outside the state to ferry Amarnath pilgrims, irritating the local taxi operators and leading to a clash between the two groups on Sunday.

The police said the window panes of several taxis were damaged in the clash.

The situation, however, took an ugly turn when some taxi drivers, with the intention to settle personal scores, posted fake information on social media claiming stone-pelting attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and causing fear among the pilgrims, a police official said.

The official said an FIR was registered against both the parties and the persons who have posted “concocted and baseless” information on the social media.

Fifth batch of 4,047 pilgrims leaves from Jammu

  • Fifth batch of 4,047 pilgrims, including 808 women, left from Jammu on Monday for the Kashmir Valley to pay obeisance at the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath.
  • Among the fifth batch, 2,303 pilgrims, including 148 Sadhus and 370 women, opted for Pahalgam track, while 1,744, including 438 women, are performing the yatra through Baltal route.
  • So far, 13,816 pilgrims had visited the cave shrine from the twin routes traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 12-km shortest Baltal route in Ganderbal since the commencement of the annual 60-day pilgrimage on June 28.
  • Despite incessant rains which even posed a threat of flash floods in the valley, the yatra to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced in the valley as per schedule on June 28 after several hours of delay but faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall, slippery condition of the tracks and shooting of stones and landslides.

More rain predicted

  • Meteorological dept has predicted more rain in the next few days in Kashmir despite the flood threat being almost over with the water level in the river Jehlum and its tributaries receding and flowing below danger mark.
  • Governor NN Vohra, who made an unscheduled visit to State Flood Control Room (SFCR) on Sunday, is monitoring the situation very closely.
  • As there was no fresh rain during the past 24 hours in Kashmir.
  • Authorities had declared flood threat on June 29, but water level in Jehlum is now decreasing.
  • Yatris left in a fleet of 134 vehicles under tight security arrangements and are expected to reach Baltal and Pahalgam base camps in the valley later in the day.