First batch of Amarnath pilgrims left from Jammu’s base camp in Bhagwant Nagar for the twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir, on Wednesday, amid tightened security. The batch was flagged off by BVR Subramanyam, Chief secretary J&K, BB Vyas Advisor to J&K Governor & Vijay Kumar, Advisor to J&K Governor.
The pilgrims from different parts of the country will leave for the twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir, guarded by the security forces in a fleet of vehicles on early Wednesday morning. Nearly two lakh pilgrims registered this year for the pious yatra.
The Yatra will commence from Thursday with the pilgrims to start their journey to the 3,880 metre high cave shrine by foot tomorrow.
Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Jammu Sector assures that all the security arrangements are up to the mark. Latest technologies are being used to keep track of safety measures with improved manpower and vehicles.
More than forty thousand security personnel from J&K Police, paramilitary, National Disaster Response Force and the Army, have been being deployed for this year’s pilgrimage.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat also visited Baltal Base Camp to review security arrangements for the Yatra on Monday.
Last year in July, at least nine Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in an attack on the bus in Anantnag district.
(with agency inputs)