After Attack On Amarnath Yatra, Drones Add To Security


Jammu: Following the tragic killings of unarmed Amarnath Yatris in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 10, security has been beefed up across the state for pilgrims and tourists alike. The latest introduction in the security management in the Valley is of the drones.

Several measures have been taken to ensure there is foolproof protection given to outsiders in the state. While the number of feet on ground is being increased, drone cameras are now playing a significant role in keeping a close watch over tourist traffic on the Amarnath route.

At the Yatri camp facilitated by the 54th Battalion of the CRPF in Manigam, Ganderbal district, two drone cameras are being regularly used to monitor the camp and at least a kilometre of the periphery around it.

“These cameras are coming in very handy. The picture quality is crystal clear. We are able to see over a long distance, and monitor movement accordingly,” Commanding Officer AK Bhardwaj told India Today.

Two companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), with 100 personnel each are responsible for the security of this camp. One company is responsible for watching over the Yatris inside the camp, and another is tasked with taking care of the security around, especially on the road outside that witnesses heavy traffic movement.

In the wake of the attack on Amarnath Yatris, the government has heavily clamped down on movement within the state without requisite permission. Outside Manigam camp, which is one hour away from Srinagar city, the CRPF has restricted any traffic towards the capital after twelve noon. This deadline was as late as 7 pm until the recent tragedy.

India Today spoke to some of the pilgrims at the camp. They said they are happy to cooperate. “Our vehicle had broken down. It is repaired now. But since it is past twelve noon, we have been told, we can only move now tomorrow morning, and we understand that,” a pilgrim from Gujarat said.