In view of the ongoing terrorist activities and violence in the South Kashmir, the director general of police, SP Vaid, on Thursday held a high-level meeting to review security arrangements for Amarnath pilgrimage that is beginning on June 29.
Senior officers of the BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB, NDRF and J-K police attended the meeting. More than 2-lakh pilgrims have so far registered for the pilgrimage and more than 27,000 helicopter tickets have been sold in advance.
The DGP told the security personnel to ensure maximum possible security to the Amarnath pilgrims and to address all the security issues at the base camps and en-route.
He stressed that fool-proof security arrangements should be put in place for the routes and the base camps to ensure safety of the pilgrims. He said that deployment and security of the vulnerable areas will be strengthened to thwart any mischief by militants and anti-national elements.
The DGP directed that langers should not be allowed along the National Highway in view of the security of pilgrims. For effective regulation and movement of yatris on the alternate routes, concerned district police chiefs will coordinate and put on alert all SHOs and Chowki Officers during the pilgrimage, falling along the NHW. At each base camp police posts would be established to address the security issues. Boarding of pilgrims be taken with due care, the DGP said.
The DGP stressed that stray vehicles should not be allowed to mix with the pilgrim convoys. It was decided that no vehicle with pilgrims will be allowed to proceed further from Jawahar Tunnel after 3.30 p.m. and the vehicles coming from Jammu during late hours would be halted at Ramban.