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This comes after airfares for flights from Srinagar this weekend shot up to abnormally high levels after the Jammu and Kashmir state government issued an advisory urging pilgrims to curtail their Amarnath Yatra and return as soon as possible. He further said worldwide community should pressurize New Dehli to come to negotiation table to solve the issues for the peace in the region.
The official did not give a specific number, but he said most of the 20,000 Hindu pilgrims and Indian tourists and the more than 200,000 labourers were leaving the region.
A huge security force had been guarding the route even before the alert.
Saturday morning was a hotbed to confusion at the Srinagar airport as tourists rushed there after hearing about the government notification.
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According to Airports Authority of India (AAI), 6,126 passengers reported at the Srinagar International Airport today to travel out of the Valley. "It´s chaotic and not many will manage seats unless there are additional flights".
"Such blatant lies / staged dramas are Indian disinformation manoeuvre to divert world attention from increased atrocities by Indian occupation forces inside the occupied Kashmir". "All the non-local students have left the campus for their respective states", an administrative official at the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar told AFP.
Meanwhile, tensions flared along the highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan as Pakistan accused India of using cluster munitions to target the civilian population, killing two people.
India´s military head in Kashmir, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, said on Friday that a sniper gun and a mine with Pakistani markings had been found on the route of the Amarnath Yatra. "I will return if the situation improves", he said.
"This is [a] violation of Geneva Convention and global humanitarian law", the military's media wing said, adding that the use of cluster ammunition is prohibited under the Convention on Cluster Ammunition because of its severe impact on non-combatants. The government has declined to say how many are in the new reinforcements.
Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday asked people not to pay any heed to rumours of an impending major decision on the special status of the state.