Largest batch of pilgrims leaves for Amarnath shrine

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Srinagar: Largest batch of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims left Jammu for Pahalgam and Baltal amid high security on Wednesday morning.

This came two days after terror attack on pilgrims, killing seven of them in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, defence experts on Wednesday said the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims took place due to intelligence failure and security lapse.

The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti granted ex gratia of Rs 6 lakh to the next of kin killed in the attack.

Apart from this, Rs 2 lakh will be given to the grievously injured and Rs 1 lakh to the one who sustained minor injury.

Separately, Governor N N Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has announced relief of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the incident, Rs 1.5 lakh with grievous injuries and Rs 75,000 minor injuries pilgrims.