Srinagar, May 21: Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday presided over a high-level meeting in Srinagar to review security arrangements in the state ahead of the annual Amarnath Yatra which is scheduled to begin on July 1. The meeting was held at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar. Governor’s advisor K Vijay Kumar, chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, senior Army, police, central armed police and intelligence officials were also present in the meeting. Amarnath Yatra: Over 1,33,000 Pilgrims Visit Amarnath Shrine in 14 Days.
The governor stressed on the need for all concerned agencies to be alert and effectively coordinate during the yatra. During the meeting, detailed presentations were made by the security agencies on the emerging security environment in the state in view of the objectives of adversary agencies, the spokesman said. Amarnath Yatra Temporarily Suspended After Separatists Call for Shutdown to Support Article 35A.
Extensive discussions were held for preparedness to meet unforeseen situations, deployment of road opening parties, corridor security and area domination. Malik, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board (SASB), directed the DGP and the divisional administration to ensure unhindered movement of registered yatris. The governor said concerned agencies should rectify deficiencies, if any, from previous 'yatras', the spokesman added. Three Pilgrims Die During Amarnath Yatra.
Earlier, this month, a joint meeting of police, Army, Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) was also held in Jammu to discuss security arrangement in the state ahead of the yatra. The security has been tightened along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu region to avoid any untoward incident during the annual pilgrimage. The 46-day yatra is scheduled to begin from the twin route -- traditional Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and shortest Baltal track in Ganderbal district -- on July 1 and will conclude on August 15 coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival.
(With inputs from PTI)