Responsibility Will be Fixed for any Lapse in Baltal Clash: Govt

Published: 19th July 2014 09:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2014 09:19 PM   |  A+A-


JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government today said responsibility will be fixed for any administrative or security lapses in connection with clashes between ponywallas and community kitchen operators at Baltal Base camp of Amarnath Yatra.   

"Wherever lapses will be found whether on the level of administration or security or any other, responsibility will be fixed and action will be taken," Minister for PHE and Irrigation Sham Lal Sharma told reporters here today.   

Sharma, who had camped at Baltal to bring back the situation to normal, said, "I condemn such incident. Some people try to sabotage the peace and tranquility and composite culture of this yatra. it is very unfortunate".           

"If the situation was not well controlled by timely measures, there would have been grave consequences. There was no human loss, but there was loss of property. The Shrine Board and government will compensate for the losses," he said, adding, "people on two sides exercised restraint."            

Asked whether it was security failure, he said, "It is premature for me to say anything. I was there in Baltal. We have restored confidence and the situation has improved."       

At least 37 persons, including few security force personnel, were injured in the clashes that broke out yesterday morning at the Baltal Base camp after a dispute between pony owners and those running community kitchens followed by the alleged high-handedness by CRPF personnel.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp