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Army, police review security arrangements for Yatra

Srinagar, Jun 21: The Chinar Corps Commander and Director General, J&K Police along with Victor Force Commander, IGP Kashmir Zone and IG CRPF Thursday carried out a joint review of the security and administrative arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

The high level joint delegation also reconnoitered the routes and took stock of the security setup at key locations. The continued synergy among various stakeholders was emphasised by the Senior Commanders while interacting with the troops and officials on ground.

Sources said that security forces have been asked to maintain highest level of alertness and synergy.
Sources said that the CRPF will be assisted by personnel of Army, Border Security Force (BSF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police, which have already been stationed at specific locations falling on the yatra route.

Informed sources in the Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the security forces were undergoing training in Srinagar to ensure that the upcoming Amarnath Yatra was conducted in a smooth manner.

Sources said that Senior Superintendent of Police and Superintendent of Police rank officials will supervise different companies of each force, an official in the Home Ministry said. Sources said that a 24X7 helpline number will start two days before the yatra.

Sources said that the forces will use CCTV cameras, bullet proof bunkers, dog squads and quick reaction teams on the yatra route while satellites are likely to track the movement of pilgrims.

Sources said that other facilities like drinking water, toilets, clean halls for stay, inquiry counters, transport, communication and banking facilities have been set up while medical camps will be set up on the route.

Sources said that taking note of last year`s attack on Amarnath pilgrims and increased militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Ministry has decided to improve security for the pilgrimage.

On July 10 last year, at least nine Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured in an attack on a bus in Anantnag district.