CRPF trooper killed in landslide near Vaishno Devi shrine

Jammu: A paramilitary trooper guarding the Vaishno Devi temple near here was killed on Wednesday when a landslide triggered by heavy rain washed away a portion of the track to the hill shrine and hit a shelter for pilgrims.

District police chief Sujit Kumar of Reasi, where the shrine is located, told reporters that the landslide occurred near Gate No 3 of a pilgrim shelter.

A head constable of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was confirmed dead after the mass of land fell on the shelter where the pilgrims were sitting, he said.

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