Army receives inputs about terrorists’ plan to attack Amarnath Yatra, shuts Pahalgam route to shrine
Inputs about the plan to attack Amarnath Yatra come shortly after the Shopian encounter on Friday, in which three terrorists, including a JeM commander, were killed
Srinagar: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have received inputs about terrorists planning to carry out an attack on Amarnath Yatra, an Army officer said on Friday, but asserted that "systems and resources" were in place to ensure that the annual pilgrimage goes on unhindered.
The officer said it was only befitting that Friday's encounter, in which three terrorists, including a self-styled commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, were gunned down, took place just four days before the yatra is set to commence on 21 July.
"There are inputs that terrorists would try their best to target the yatra, but we have got our systems and resources in place to ensure that it goes on unhindered and peacefully," Brigadier Vivek Singh Thakur, Commander, Two Sector, said in a press conference in south Kashmir.
"We remain committed to ensure Amarnath Yatra will be conducted peacefully without any hindrance and the security situation will continue to remain under control," he said.
Brigadier Thakur said the stretch of National Highway 44 which will be used by the yatris continue to remain sensitive. "This axis is a bit sensitive. The yatris will take up this axis to go up to Sonamarg (Ganderbal) and this (Baltal) is the only route which will be active to go up to the Amarnath cave," he said.
LeT terrorists - Imtiyaz Ahmad Ganai and Waseem Ahmad Lone - were arrested and a pistol, one pistol magazine, eight pistol rounds, one Chinese hand grenade were recovered from their possession
The rally which started at Haiderbeig area of Pattan in north Kashmir was flagged off by the GOC of counter-insurgency force, Srinagar-based PRO Defence said
According to the officials, an illegal flying object, believed to be a Pakistani drone, hovered for over five minutes over Sarthi Kalan, Dera and Madoon villages in the border outpost area of Regal, 10 km south of Samba