No threat to Amarnath Yatra: Army

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar/Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2015 20:57 IST

The army on Monday claimed that there was no threat to the Amarnath Yatra scheduled to start from July 2.

Speaking to the media, General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha said there were no specific inputs on possible threat to the Amarnath Yatra. However, all measures to prevent disruption of Yatra by militants have been taken, he added.

The Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage to the Holy cave in the Himalayas will start on July 2 and conclude on August 29.
"At this time, we do keep getting generic inputs on the movement of militants. So, to relate anything specific to the Yatra, I would not do that," Lt Gen Saha said.

The army commander said 'Operation Shiva' has been launched to provide security to two-month-long Yatra.
"The army will ensure a secure environment on all routes of the Yatra, including the Chandanwari and the Baltal route," the GOC said.

The army will also assist the state government in health and communication facilities, he added.

On security arrangements, Saha said aerial surveillance is being conducted to track the movement of anti-social elements.
Meanwhile, the BJP has assured smooth and environment-friendly Yatra. Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said on Monday that special measures have been taken to ensure hygiene and cleanliness along the Amarnath Yatra route this year.

He said arrangements for mobile washrooms have been made for pilgrims. A telephone helpline was being set up for the convenience of pilgrims, he added.

Member of Parliament and state incharge Avinash Rai Khanna stressed the need to provide such amenities that may be remembered by pilgrims all their lives.

Meanwhile, heads of various social and religious organisations have also assured that they will lend their full support for smooth and successful Yatra.

BJP state president and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma has said that various issues raised by participants would be addressed.

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