Manasarovar pilgrims stuck as China denies entry

DARJEELING: India has initiated discussions with China after a group of pilgrims to Manasarovar was denied permission by the neighbouring country to cross over the international border.

“Some difficulties are being experienced in the movement of Kailash-Mansarovar yatris via Nathu La. The matter is being discussed with the Chinese side,” the ministry of external affairs said.

Earlier, the 47 pilgrims who had been stranded on the Indian side of the border since June 20 after being denied access to cross over the international border, returned to Sikkim’s capital Gangtok on Friday evening.

Sources in the 17th Mountain Division of the army said that a possible landslide on the Chinese side could be a cause for the denial of permission.

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source: Hindustan Times

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