Yatra security

Yatra security


After the recent gunfight on Anantnag-Pahalgam road in which five CRPF jawans and a police officer were killed, series of high level meetings of security brass were held in Kashmir and at New Delhi for the smooth conduct of Amarnath yatra this year. In this connection, recently State Governor Satya Pal Malik presided over a high level security meeting regarding the safety and security of Amanath yatries as the annual yatra is going to start from July 1 and will culminate on August 15 the day of Rakhsha Bandan. State Governor was informed by the top brass of the security that they have kept pressure on the militants in South Kashmir and have got the area domination on the entire stretch of the yatra which passes through South Kashmir.

Already there are more than 3000 companies of paramilitary forces told not to move out of the Kashmir after they were deployed for the recently held parliamentary polls. The security apparatus has sanitized most of the vulnerable areas for the Amarnath yatra route in Kashmir Valley especially after the Pulwama suicide attack on CRPF in South Kashmir.

Army and paramilitary forces have jointly made special teams which would be deployed as road opening parties to secure the transit roads for yatries. The sources said that apart from paramilitary forces special commandos of army and people from ITBP have also been deployed.

Already the Governor’s administration has decided to issue a `barcode’ enabled authority slip to the yatries to keep the track of them as they have to travel through South Kashmir. CRPF has been assigned the task of securing the pilgrimage route especially from Pahalgam side. A senior police officer said that they have decided to deploy enhanced number of upgraded electro-magnetic chips on all the yatra vehicles so as to ensure their security.

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