Amarnath pilgrims in danger, intelligence warns of terror attacks in yatra

Amarnath pilgrims in danger, intelligence warns of terror attacks in yatra

The first batch of 2,280 pilgrims left the Jammu base camp on Wednesday. In 2016, 2.20 lakh pilgrims offered prayers at the shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.

Deputy CM Singh also said: “Fully prepared for Amarnath Yatra, important aspects like security and basic arrangements for the yatra taken care of”. The 45-km Pahalgam route to Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas is a traditional route and most Amarnath pilgrims prefer to take this hard route for the yearly pilgrimage.

They added that no vehicle carrying pilgrims would be allowed to cross the Jawahar Tunnel which connects the State’s Jammu region with Kashmir Valley after 3.30 pm. The pilgrims will perform darshan (prayers) on June 29. The process started on March 1 through 437 designated bank branches of the Punjab National Bank, J&K Bank and YES Bank located in 32 states and union territories across the country. This year, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) opened a registration outlet at Leh to enable tourists in Ladakh. The Army has been also kept in the loop.

This year, the yatra will be eight days shorter than last year’s 48 days and will conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7.

The Meteorological department forecast wet weather for the next three days, including on the yatra routes.

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Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) of the state police along with rescue teams of various security forces have been pressed into service along with fire fighting teams at pre-determined points. On the way to this holy cave are the scenic spots of Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panjtarni.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), have mobilised the highest level of security measures, including tracking systems through satellites and drones.

Similarly, the yatris who had opted traditional yatra route had reached Nunwan Pahalgam base camp safely this afternoon.