Amarnath Yatra 2017: High security in place to counter threat, says BSF DG KK Sharma

Kolkata: Noting that threat perception for the Amarnath Yatra this year was very high, BSF DG KK Sharma on Monday said that the BSF and security forces were well-prepared to ensure that the yatra went through peacefully.

"The situation is very tense this year. This time there is a high level of threat perception. We have taken all precautions regarding deployment of forces and our commandos," Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of a BSF programme.

"We will ensure that it passes off peacefully like previous years," he said.

Representational image. News18

Representational image. News18

The annual Amarnath Yatra, which begins on 29 June, will end on 7 August.

The shrine is situated at an altitude of 12,756 feet and is about 141 km from Srinagar.

The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), which conducts the annual pilgrimage, has issued advisories for it, saying people who wish to trek to the shrine must furnish medical certificates.

It has said that those below 13 or above 75 years of age will not be allowed to join the pilgrimage.

Published Date: Jun 27, 2017 17:14 PM | Updated Date: Jun 27, 2017 17:16 PM

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