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Protests rock Kashmir, Amarnath Yatra halted

Kashmir: The annual Amarnath Yatra has been halted by the authorities on Wednesday in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The buses leaving for Kashmir from Udhampur district for the Yarta that is scheduled to formally start on Thursday were halted for three hours. According to the authorities, this was done to ensure the safety of the pilgrims as the Valley witnessed violent protests in the last 2 days in which at least 6 civilians have been killed. The journey is likely to resume in the evening.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Petrol and Tankers Association has refused to carry fuel to the Valley due to security concerns. The move by the association comes after 35 tankers were reportedly damaged by agitators during the recent protests.

The association members are demanding adequate security for the tankers and are currently holding a meeting with the state government officials on the issue.

The Association’s president Anand Sharma says that the tankers would however continue to supply fuel to the Jammu region.

The refusal to carry fuel is likely to hit not only the Valley but also the Ladakh region. Everyday, 200 fuel tankers leave for Kashmir and Ladakh from Jammu. The daily requirement of fuel in Kashmir and Ladakh is estimated to be 24 lakh litres.

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