On Thursday, a senior government officer in Jammu and Kashmir alleged that he was kept held up for hours in an ambulance while he was taking his father’s body on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway because of traffic restrictions for the Amarnath Yatra.

The Finance Director in Jammu and Kashmir government, Imtiyaz Wani said that he was carrying his father’s body to his home in Srinagar from Jammu when the ambulance was forcefully stopped until the convoys carrying Amarnath pilgrims completed their movement on the highway.  It has been claimed by the police it is a “misrepresentation of facts”.

On the highway between Jammu and Srinagar, the administration has placed a daily restriction for 4-5 hours of local traveling. The restriction will be continued till August 15 on the ending of the pilgrimage.

Mr. Wani protested on social media. He posted on Facebook writing, “All civil rights are subordinate to Amarnath Yatra while moving from Jammu to Srinagar. I am not being allowed to carry forward my father’s dead body. What hell the life of a common Kashmiri is. Inspector Rakesh of J&K Police on yatra duty categorically said the body shall not be allowed.”

The father of the officer passed away in Delhi. When the ambulance tried to overtake the convoy, it was stopped by the police.

Mr. Wani’s father died in Delhi. “The ambulance was trying to overtake the Yatra convoy which was not allowed by the convoy commander. The person in ambulance claimed that the vehicle is carrying the dead body of his father but the (security) officer could not verify the facts in the moving convoy. Thus, the vehicle was not allowed to overtake it,” a police spokesperson said.

He further claimed that the ambulance was may go after the officer “ascertained facts”. The Amarnath Yatra this year started on July 1 and will end on August 15. Over 2 lakh pilgrims performed the Amarnath Yatra this year so far, which is the highest number in the last four years, said the officials.

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