Jammu: With annual pilgrimage to Amarnath
shrine in South Kashmir set to begin from June 29, the Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will deploy about 5,000 personnel
to ensure adequate security for a smooth yatra.
"As many as 49 additional CRPF companies (each with
100 personnel) will be deployed for the security of Amarnath
Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir this year," a CRPF spokesman said.
He said that additional companies have been mobilised
from reserve CRPF forces in the state and these are other than
those deployed for other security duties in Jammu and Kashmir.
"They would be exclusively deployed for the security
of cave shrine, routes, area domination, yatra escorts and
other security duties connected with Amarnath yatra," he said.
The CRPF has played a key role in the multi-agency
security grid for Amarnath yatra for many years now.
Over 2.25 lakh pilgrims have registered themselves for
the pilgrimage to the 13,500-feet high cave shrine of Amarnath
in south Kashmir Himalayas.
The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), at its meeting
on February 18 this year, decided to commence the yatra on
June 29 and it will culminate on August 13.