Terror Groups May Target Amarnath Yatra


New Delhi: Intelligence agencies have issued a warning that militants may launch a terror strike on the auspicious Amarnath Yatra, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sources said on Tuesday.

The warning comes days after Hizbul Mujhadeen commander assured a terror free region for the pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir. 22-year old Burhan Muzaffar Wani had assured in a video that their group have no plans to target the Hindu pilgrims while they are on their way for the pilgrimage.

However, a top Border Security Force (BSF) officer had said last month that there were intelligence reports about militants planning to attack the Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir.

The annual Amarnath Yatra to the Himalayan Hindu cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir began on July 2 and is scheduled be concluded on August 24.

The schedule and arrangements for this year’s pilgrimage were discussed in a meeting, chaired by Governor NN Vohra, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.

It was also informed that, based on the weather conditions, the access control gates at Domel and Chandanwari will be closed at 11 am every day, after which no pilgrim will be allowed to proceed on the tracks. Pilgrims were also asked to avoid staying at the shrine for the night as the temperature drops sharply after sunset.

The annual pilgrimage, undertaken by Hindu devotees to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath, gets concluded on the occasion of Shravan Purnima, amid chanting of hymns in the spiritual ambience of south Kashmir Himalayas.