Undeterred by the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, hundreds of devotees today set off for the cave shrine amid stepped up security measures. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said, the pilgrims set for the arduous trek from both the traditional Pahalgam and shorter Baltal routes early this morning.
An official of the Board said, the yatra is progressing smoothly and the terror attack has not dampened the spirits of the pilgrims.
Security has been beefed up along all routes leading to the Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Anantnag and Ganderbal districts. Police said, additional police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed en route to the holy cave shrine to prevent repeat of any such incident.
They said, investigations have been launched into the attack and few people have been detained for questioning.
Meanwhile bandh called by various political, social, religious and business organisations in Jammu today against the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, has been peaceful, so far. Public transport remained off the roads and business establishments were closed. Peaceful protest demonstrations were held at various places in Jammu city and across the region. As a precautionary measure mobile internet services has been suspended in the entire Jammu region till further orders.