Amarnath Yatra To Begin, Security Beefs Up After Last Year Bus Attack

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Srinagar: After last year’s deadly bus attack, the security has been beefed up along the entire route of the Amarnath yatra, which commences on June 28.

The DIG CRPF said that all security arrangements have been made from Pahalgam side for the pilgrimage. Officials are hopeful that by June 18 all arrangements will be put in place.

“Amarnath Yatra is sensitive, taking a cue from last year’s incident, we are gearing up the security forces. We will ensure a safe Yatra,” said Mohsin Shehadi, DIG CRPF, South Kashmir.

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The Jammu and Kashmir government along with Shrine Board has started the preparations for the smooth pilgrimage this year and in this process, the government along with Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) has started clearance of snow from tracks and installing other logistical infrastructure for pilgrims who will undertake Yatra from Pahalgam side.

The jawans of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are also being deployed at the vital places for the security of the pilgrims.

Around 250-300 labours are being arranged by the Shrine Board and PDA so that the 32 kms track between Chandanwari side to holy cave is ready before the start of an annual pilgrimage.

On July 10 last year, at least nine Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in the attack on the bus in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. “The bus driver, Saleem, sped past, but there was a second attack about 75 metres away from the first spot. He kept driving till he reached Khannabal, where he spotted a police party and halted the vehicle. They were taken to Anantnag police lines where the injured were treated,” said an MHA official, quoting the J&K Police report.

In December, the police claimed to have killed all the three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants involved in the attack.

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