Security tightened along LoC, IB ahead of Amarnath yatra


Jammu, May 5: The security grid along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu region is being strengthened ahead of the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said on Sunday.
The 46-day yatra is scheduled to begin from the twin route — traditional Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and shortest Baltal track in Ganderbal district — on July 1 and will conclude on August 15 coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival.
A joint meeting of police, Army, BSF, CRPF and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) here discussed in detail security measures required to be put in place along the IB, LoC and hinterland including highways during the yatra, the officials said.
They said the meeting, chaired by Deputy Inspector General of police, Jammu-Samba-Kathua range, Sujit Kumar, called for strengthening the security grid and border management on the IB and LoC.
Army and BSF officers were told to conduct joint regular meetings with police officers in their respective areas and exchange intelligence sharing in case of any important information about militants, the officials said.