Jammu: Ahead of Amarnath yatra starting from July 2, police chief of Jammu region on Thursday reviewed the security arrangements and instructed the force to maintain extra vigil on the national highway that leads to the Kashmir valley.
Danish Rana, Inspector General of Police (Jammu Zone), toured Kathua and Samba districts to take stock of the security arrangements in run up to the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave in Kashmir.
Keeping in view the present security scenario and inputs received from various agencies, the IGP reviewed the police and security arrangements made at Reception Centre, Lakhanpur, and at sites where langers have been established.
He told officers accompanying him that all routes leading to highway from border areas be plugged and extra vigil be maintained particularly in the wee hours. The IGP also instructed the SSPs of Samba, Kathua and Jammu to set up check points and undertake patrolling along the infiltration routes.
He emphasised the need for utmost alertness round the clock to foil the nefarious designs of anti-national elements and their mentors from across the International Border (IB) so that pilgrims are secured during 48 days. Night Patrolling on national highway be conducted and a close liaison be maintained with all forces deployed in their respective areas, Rana said.
He pressed for proper co-ordination among all the intelligence agencies, Army, Paramilitary forces, traffic and security wing in their respective districts for smooth and incident free Yatra, he said.
Only last week, two terrorists struck at a CRPF convoy on the highway in Pampore, few kilometres from Srinagar, killing eight security personnel and injuring 21.