Amarnath Yatra attack: Centre asks security agencies in J&K to heighten security in Valley

New Delhi: Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told by the Centre to implement security plans with full vigour.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The directive from the central government came in the wake of the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims in a terror attack on Monday. Security agencies were told to implement the security plans vigorously, a home ministry official said, indicating that the anti-militancy operations will be intensified.

Two central ministers — Jitendra Singh and Hansraj Ahir, army chief General Bipin Rawat, and CRPF DGP RR Bhatnagar have visited the Kashmir Valley in the last two days. The instructions have been given to all forces engaged in anti-militancy operations, the official said.

The highest level of alert has already been sounded across Jammu and Kashmir while Amarnath pilgrims will be provided enhanced security along the two pilgrimage routes.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and ordered enhanced security for the Amarnath Yatra following the terror attack on devotees. He took stock of the prevailing situation in the Valley, particularly on the routes to the shrine located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet, during an hour-long meeting. Sources said Singh directed the officials to ensure enhanced security for the pilgrims.

The pilgrimage started on 29 June and will conclude on 7 August. As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year
is 9,500 more than last year.

Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017 18:13 PM

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