Vaishno Devi yatra suspended due to forest fire, 25,000 pilgrims stuck

At least 25,000 pilgrims to Vaishno Devi shrine have been stranded at Katra in Jammu after a massive forest fire broke out at Trikuta hills. Authorities have suspended the pilgrimage from one of the two tracks that lead to the hill shrine. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said that the new “battery car track” route was cordoned off and rescue operations were started to evacuate stranded pilgrims.