Rajnath to visit JK to review security for Amarnath Yatra

PM-Narendra-Modi-and-HM-Rajnath-SinghWith the surge in terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the southern region of the valley, both the Centre and the state government are packing all the efforts for the revered Amarnath yatra. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the state for two days beginning Friday to review the overall security scenario. Forces are already on an alert after the deadly terror attack on a CRPF convoy last week.

During his tour, Rajnath Singh will also attend a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, top civil, police and Army officers to take stock of the prevailing situation in the state.

The top officials in both the civil administration as well as the armed forces are expected to brief the Union Home minister about various steps being taken by the security agencies to tackle the militancy as well as infiltration from across the border, official sources said.

Among the top agenda will be overseeing the security arrangements being made along the two routes of Amarnath Yatra, which will begin on July 2. As many as 12,500 central paramilitary personnel and 8,000 state policemen will be deployed along the two routes – one from South Kashmir’s Pahalgam and the other through Northeast Sonamarg.

There is no specific threat to the 48-day long yatra to the cave shrine but all security arrangements have been made by the state government with active support of the Centre, sources said.

The Home Ministry has already directed security forces to intensify vigil in the state in the wake of reports of increase of cross border infiltration.

A three-member team, set up by the Home Minister, is currently visiting the state to look into lapses, if any, in the Pulwama incident so that corrective steps could be taken. Eight CRPF personnel were killed and at least 25 others injured when two militants attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district on June 25.

In a bid to avert any apprehensions of attack, practices being followed during the movement of paramilitary forces convoy in Jammu and Kashmir will also come up for review in the meeting to be attended by Singh.

(With inputs from the PTI)