No threat to Amarnath yatra, but forces put on high alert
Even though there was no specific information about militant plan to carry out any attack on the ongoing annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine, the authorities have issued a fresh alert to field commanders deployed on yatra security, following broad daylight attacks by militants in south Kashmir.chandigarh Updated: Jul 09, 2012 11:45 IST
Even though there was no specific information about militant plan to carry out any attack on the ongoing annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine, the authorities have issued a fresh alert to field commanders deployed on yatra security, following broad daylight attacks by militants in south Kashmir, killing of an army jawan and two state police personnel and injuring of a soldier in the past one week.
A few hours after the attack at Pampore on a Road Opening Party (ROP) of the Army by Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, in which a soldier was killed and another was injured, Lt General KT Parnaik, Northern Army Commander, discussed security managements, particularly Amarnath yatra with Governor NN Vohra on Saturday evening.
The pilgrims, coming from Jammu have to pass through south Kashmir to reach Nunwan Pahalgam and Baltal base camps, which remained in news because of militant firing attacks in Pulwama, and Kulgam districts.
Official sources said there is no specific information about any militant plan to target the pilgrims or tourists visiting the Kashmir valley.
Though adequate security forces and state police personnel have been deployed for yatra security, the field commanders were directed to intensify patrolling in their respective areas.
Troops have also been deployed on higher reaches, particularly in south Kashmir heights, to keep a close watch to thwart any militant attack on yatra. Sources said the troops deployed were in additional to security forces already engaged in counter insurgency operations.
Lt General Parnaik called up Vohra on saturday evening and during their hour long meeting, he briefed him about the various matters relating to security management, particularly in the context of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra and certain terrorist incidents in the past days.
The attack came at a time when government is seriously considering to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some parts of the state.
The Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) has claimed responsibility for the attack and warned many more attacks in future.
First Published: Jul 09, 2012 10:39 IST