SC to hear today plea on stranded pilgrims

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Tuesday a petition filed by the J&K National Panthers Party for a direction to the Centre and the State government to provide safe passage to nearly 5000 pilgrims stranded between Kishtwar and Padar since August 9 due to curfew in Kishtwar and adjoining areas. They were returning from the Machel Mata Temple in Padar, about 90 km north of Kishtwar. A Bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Desai directed the matter to be listed tomorrow after senior advocate and Panthers Party president Bhim Singh, mentioned the matter for early hearing.

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