Multi-tier security for Vaishnodevi shrine
The manager of Jalandhar railway station had received a letter from LeT threatening to blow up the Vaishnodevi shrine on May 14.india Updated: May 14, 2006 12:41 IST
Following a threat from terrorists to blow up the cave shrine of Vaishnodevi, a multi-tier security ring was activated on Sunday in and around the popular pilgrimage site in Jammu and Kashmir.
"We have today activated a multi-tier set up involving the Army, CRPF, police and intelligence agency sleuths for fool-proof security for the shrine and pilgrims travelling to Vaishnodevi and the Katra base camp in the wake of the threat from militants," a top security source said.
The manager of Jalandhar railway station had received a letter from terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba who threatened to blow up the Vaishnodevi shrine on May 14 along with the railway station and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
"We do not want to take this threat lightly. We have to be vigilant and we have made fool-proof security arrangements," the source said.
Security has been stepped up at all entry and exit points for Katra town and Vaishnodevi shrine and "sanitisation" and security drills were conducted by the Army in the Trikuta hills surrounding the shrine, sources said.
At all the entry points, the frisking and checking of pilgrims and vehicles is being done round the clock, they said, adding that the police have been put on high alert in the area.
Additional security personnel have been deployed at important places like bus stands, main markets, the Vaishnodevi ticketing counter, Ban Ganga, Jammu Road and Panthal road, they said.