However, 16 pilgrims have died due to medical reasons, while 28 lost their lives in militant attack and accidents. A 60-year-old Bishen Singh, a resident of MP, who was admitted to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in an injured condition after being hit by a shooting stone at Baltal base camp, died early this morning.
Of the 44 deaths, 16 have died due to medical reasons while 8 were killed and another 18 others injured in a militant attack on July 10 in south Kashmir district of Anantnag on Srinagar-Jammu national highway. As many as 17 pilgrims were killed in a road accident after a bus in which they were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar fell into a deep gorge in Ramban.
Three others died in shooting stone incidents. Meanwhile, a pilgrim from Telangana died due to a cylinder blast at Veesu-Mir Bazar, Qazigund, outside the yatra area and two people, an ITBP personnel and an ISRO Technician died before the start of yatra due to cardiac failures. (UNI)