On Tuesday, the Indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP) yet again stepped up and volunteered to ensure that the pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra have a hassle-free journey to the cave shrine.
In a video that was posted on Twitter, the ITBP personnel can be seen queued up and braving shooting stones from the hills over the Kali Mata point on Baltal route. The yatris can be seen swiftly making their way through the ITBP lines. Impressed by the ITBP's sheer dedication to ensure a smooth journey, people were seen chanting slogans like 'ITBP Zindabad' and 'Vande Mataram' to laud the daring efforts of the ITBP forces. Here's a video that shows the consistency of the ITBP Jawans:
The people took to Twitter and expressed their gratitude towards the ITBP forces. Here are some of the tweets where the ITBP has garnered praise following their aid to the pilgrims:
Similarly on July 4, the ITBP had withstood shooting stones near a snow slope. In order to take control of the situation, the forces placed a shield wall to prevent any serious mishaps to the pilgrims. The Amarnath Yatra is conducted every year during Shravani Mela, which starts from July and continues till August. The Yatra takes place from the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 14-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district. The holy cave remains open during this period and it attracts lakhs of pilgrims every year to get a glimpse of the ice structure of Lord Shiva. The yatra was resumed on Tuesday after a one day strike on Monday was issued by separatists.