Centre warns of terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, alerts J&K govt

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 19:25

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: There are intelligence inputs which suggest threat of terrorist attacks on Amarnath pilgrims, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said there are intelligence inputs about the plan of terrorists to target Amarnath yatra and the same has been shared with security agencies at the Centre and state levels.

Rijiju said since the beginning of the yatra this year, the reports of some incidents of stone pelting on yatra vehicles from Jammu and Kashmir`s Ganderbal district have been received.

In these incidents, injury to one pilgrim and damage to the windowpanes of three vehicles have been reported, he said adding the state government has been taking adequate measures to provide security to the Amarnath pilgrims.

The minister further said that the Jammu and Kashmir government has been alerted and asked to take appropriate preventive measures.
The Jammu and Kashmir government had earlier declared the entire Amarnath yatra route in the state as "highly prone" to terror strikes and directed security agencies to take necessary steps to ensure safety of pilgrims.

"Considering the security scenario, topography of the yatra area, high potential of terrorist attacks on the yatris to create law and order situation throughout the state and the country, sensitive nature of the yatra, and the high publicity the yatra generates, the entire yatra area is highly prone to terrorist attacks," the State Home Department said in a circular issued to all agencies concerned.

The circular, issued last week, directed the Army, police and other security forces to take action as per their standard operating procedures in the matter to ensure safe pilgrimage which starts on June 28.

The security agencies have been directed to carry out aerial surveillance of the yatra area and deploy spotters in adequate numbers at the camps."Besides adequate deployment of security forces at the yatra camps, aerial surveillance of the yatra area may be undertaken and spotters may be deployed in adequate numbers at the yatra camps, particularly at the Holy Cave Shrine area to spot unwanted activities (and) suspicious characters," it added.



First Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 19:25

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