Drones, over 300 CCTVs, RFID Bands, 5-tier security cover to ensure Peaceful pilgrimage
By: Sameer Lone
Srinagar: The Amarnath Yatra is set to commence from June 30. This year extra security measures have been put in place to ensure that the holy pilgrimage is conducted in a peaceful manner.
According to the official sources, a five-tier security cover and around 200 additional companies of security forces will be deployed to ensure the incident-free Amaranth pilgrimage.
Apart from the five-tier security cover, the pilgrims will be provided with chip-based wrist bands, as an additional security measure.
As part of additional security measures taken for the first time in the history of Amarnath pilgrimage, around 275 to 350 high-resolution CCTV cameras have been installed at all the important locations identified by the security agencies right from the National Highway stretch to the Amarnath Cave.
Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs told the Precious Kashmir that deployment of additional Companies of security forces, mostly CRPF, has begun. The CRPF will be assisted by ITBP, BSF, CISF and SSB, sources confirmed to Precious Kashmir.
“The CRPF will be mainly guarding the NH-44 and other main routes till Pahalgam and Chandanwari and Baltal- the two main routes leading to the Amarnath Cave,” sources added.
“The vehicles ferrying the pilgrims will be equipped with Radio frequency identity (RFID) chips. The pilgrim vehicles will ply under strict time schedules, cut-off timings,” they said.
The movement of pilgrims and vehicles will remain under strict vigil and observation through different control rooms and drones.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh has maintained that the security forces and the police are working to ensure a smooth and incident-free Amarnath Yatra this year by intensifying anti-militancy operations ahead of the annual pilgrimage.
The security situation is much better than in the past, he said, they have been able to track down all the militants who carried out civilian killings and those involved in the killing of security forces.
Singh added that foreign militants are using fake identity cards to hide their identities.
“We killed two foreign militants in Srinagar who were carrying fake identity cards. Weapon consignments are being sent from across the border using drones, including Ak-47, pistols etc.