Prepration for Amarnath yatra begins in Kashmir, Joint team of Police, administration Visits Holy Cave

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Srinagar: After two years of COVID pandemic halt, this year’s Amarnath Yatra likely to witness huge influx of pilgrims. The arrangements for pilgrimage has already begun in the Jammu and Kashmir and so far 1.5 lakh pilgrims has registered for the pilgrimage.

Home Minister Amit Shah has chaired the high level security meeting with top officails of police, paramilitary forces and other security agencies for smooth conduct of pilgrimage this year. A day before of this important security meeting in Delhi, senior officials of administration and police visited Baltal Base camp, Domail and Holy Cave to review the security related and other arrangements enroute Shri Amar Nath Ji Cave.

During the visit to Holy Cave officails inspected all the routes leading to the Holy Cave for smooth Yatra. Moreover, all other security arrangements were reviewed for the safety of the Pilgrims. Officails took stock of enroute deployment and other security measures to be put in place during the upcoming Yatra.

Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Mr Shyambir told News24 that snow is being cleared from both the Baltal base camp and Chandanwari to Holy Cave, langars are also being established at different places from base camp to Holy cave, besides the temporary accommodation for stay of pilgrims.

Officails said, forces have been directed to maintain highest level of alertness, ensure proper access control and checking and frisking of all vehicles before and during the Yatra.

Sources told News24, the security of pilgrimage is being given the top priority, as forces are getting inputs from different intelligence agencies about possible disturbance of pilgrimage by terrorists. Keeping in view the inputs three-tier security arrangements are to be established from Jammu base camp to holy cave. Army, BSF, CRPF and Jammu Kashmir police have together joined hand to conduct yatra smoothly and peacefully. 

It’s pertaining to mention that this year’s shri Amarnath yatra is starting from 30th June after two years of COVID19 pandemic halt. In last two years yatra was not allowed because of the pandemic. Government had also said that this year it will be huge yatra around 7-8 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the holy cave.

Few days ago a video of holy cave had gone viral on social media sites, in which holy ice-lingam can be seen shaped in big size.

first published:May 17, 2022, 11:10 p.m.

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