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5K personnel to keep hawk’s eye in Jmu city

Over 5,000 additional security personnel will keep a hawk’s eye on the movement of all suspicious elements, if any, at different locations in Jammu city to ensure foolproof and incident-free annual Amarnath yatra, starting from June 30, this year.

Furthermore, security agencies will also ensure strict compliance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) framed to deal with any drone strike during the pilgrimage.

This was disclosed by Jammu district police chief Chandan Kohli while interacting with media persons at an event organised by the Press Club Jammu here on Thursday evening.

This year, Amarnath Yatra will resume after a gap of 2 years. The 43-day holy yatra to Amarnath cave shrine, nestled in South Kashmir Himalayas will commence on June 30 with all covid protocols in place and will culminate, as per the tradition, on the day of Raksha Bandhan, August 11.

“All necessary and adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the base camps and lodging places in the Jammu city. Over 5,000 security personnel are being deployed in the Jammu city as part of the multi-tier security arrangement for the Amarnath Yatra,” the SSP Jammu said.

The police officer said, “To ensure foolproof security of batches of pilgrims leaving for onward journey to Kashmir from Jammu base camp, different Road Opening Parties (ROPs) will ensure sanitization of all routes while quick reaction teams are also being deployed with these batches”.

Responding to a query over the threat of drone attacks, the SSP said that security agencies will maintain the highest-level of alert to thwart any such threat and they will ensure strict compliance of SOPs. “Rooftop snipers and an anti-drone system will be deployed at different places in Jammu to provide safety to the pilgrims,” Kohli said.

The SSP said adequate security measures have also been made around five registration centres, three token centres and 32 lodging centres.

Over the major challenges being confronted by the police, he said there are new security threat of sticky bombs, hybrid terrorists and IEDs dropped by drones. “We are fully prepared to deal with all situations but need full cooperation of the people as well”.

Pertinently, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has decided to put in place a daily route-wise pilgrims ceiling to 10,000 excluding Yatri’s who would travel by helicopters. The board has also decided to extend the free-of-cost battery car service for Yatri’s at 2.75 Km-long Baltal to Domel stretch. The Board will also enable live telecast of morning and evening Aarti (Prayers) for devotees across the globe.

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