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Two more Amarnath pilgrims die, toll mounts to 24

July 03, 2012 17:20 IST

Two more devotees died en route 3,880-mt high Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir, taking the death toll since the commencement of the annual pilgrimage to 24, police said on Tuesday.

Body of a man was found in a tent near the holy shrine on Monday morning, they said adding it had been kept in the medical camp for identification.

Yash Pal, a resident of Punjab, fell ill on Monday evening and was rushed to Sheshnag medical camp along the Pahalgam route, police said.

He was declared brought dead to the camp, they said.

The annual Amarnath yatra commenced on June 25 from the twin tracks of Baltal in Ganderbal district and Pahalgam in Anantang district.

So far, over 1.70 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam.

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