Foolproof security cover for Amarnath Yatra

As the annual AmarnathYatra is all set to commence from July 1 from twin routes of Chandanwari in Pahalgam and Baltal in Ganderbal, the security officials Monday said the 300 additional companies of forces that were brought in for smooth conduct of polls have been retained to facilitate the pilgrimage. 

Top security officials said that foolproof security
arrangements would be in place for the Yatra. “The decision to retain the
additional forces that were deployed for poll duties was taken to save time,
cut travel expenses and to do away with the risk of getting attacked during transit,”
they said.

“Yes, all the 300 additional companies that were deployed
across Kashmir for the smooth LokSabha elections have been retained and will be
deployed for smooth conduct of Amarnath pilgrimage. They have been provided
with the safe accommodation,” Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) spokesman,
Sanjay Sharma told Greater Kashmir.

On the State’s request, Ministry of Home Affairs had
approved deployment of 300 additional companies for the smooth conduct of
seven-phase LS polls.

A top police officer said the process of installing close
circuit television sets (CCTVs) en route the cave shrine and also at various
“vulnerable” points has already begun. “All the CCTVs will be connected to
their respective control rooms and a complete vigil will be maintained on the
movement of Yatris and also on the suspects,” the officer said.

He said Governor S P Malik recently chaired a meeting to
review the Amarnath pilgrimage security plan and the security grid in its power
point presentation explained all the preparations made by them to ensure smooth
Yatra.

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A CRPF official said this time around the primary focus will
be on the road opening parties (ROPs) to ensure smooth flow of vehicles
ferrying Yatris. “There will also be cut-off timing for the Yatra vehicles for
crossing various crucial entry and exit points. No vehicle

will be allowed to proceed without getting security
clearance,” he said.

A source said the will remain on standby mode to meet any
exigency like “militant strike to disrupt the Yatra” or any other attempt to
derail the pilgrimage. 

Police and the CRPF are primary agencies responsible the
smooth conduct of the pilgrimage,” the source said.

“A complete coordination and synergy will be maintained to
ensure incident free Yatra.”

-GK