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Security beefed up for PC's Vaishno Devi visit

chandigarh Updated: Apr 08, 2012 19:35 IST

The security has been stepped up in hilly Katra town of Reasi district ahead of union home minister P Chidambaram's scheduled visit to the revered Shri Mata Vaishno Devi cave shrine on April 10.

"Tight security arrangements are put in place in Katra town-the base camp of cave shrine vis-a-vis en route Bhawan," a police official said.

They said additional troops of police and para-military force have been deployed along the 13-kilometre long track.

"Besides, tight security, checking of hotels and lodges has also been intensified. Hoteliers have been asked to remain alert and maintain vigil on visitors," the police official added.

The home minister, who is visiting the state after a gap of almost nine months, will be on a day-long visit to the shrine to pay obeisance.

"The home minister is also expected to meet Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra and chief minister Omar Abdullah to study the emerging contours of security scenario in the state," a source said.

They added that the home minister would also review security scenario with regard to the coming summer besides discussing Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and dismantling of more bunkers and reducing footprint of security forces.