200 more CRPF companies deployed for Amarnath Yatra

UNI/Srinagar
June 19, 2017 0 Comments TOP STORIES 328 Views
200 more CRPF companies deployed for Amarnath Yatra

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made for pilgrims undertaking the annual yatra to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. More than 200 additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed for yatra duty right from Bagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu to holy Cave for counter insurgency operations..
Meanwhile, camp directors, who will be deployed on both traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal routes, participated in a three-day orientation camp here. Though there is no specific input from intelligence agencies about any militant threat during the yatra, commencing from June 29, security forces do not want to take any chance, particularly in south Kashmir, where militant activities have witnessed a surge in the recent past, official sources said. Army has already taken position on higher reaches on both yatra routes to foil any militant attempt to disrupt the yatra.
Besides guarding base camps, the CRPF personnel would also be deployed on Srinagar-Jammu national highway. They would provide security cover from Nunwan Pahalgam base camp to Holy Cave, besides from Baltal base camp to cave shrine. They would also ensure security and safety to the yatra convoy from Jammu to base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal. Meanwhile, officials said that a hospital with the capacity of 30 beds has been set up at Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional Pahalgam track.
They said 51 medical aid centres have been established throughout the 32 kms of track. These centres will have adequate stock of essential drugs with portable oxygen cylinders. In addition to this, the building of Yatri Niwas at Pahalgam will be handed over to the health department for creating health infra. One Critical Care ambulance will also be placed at Pahalgam.

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