Srinagar: A multi-layered security cordon, manned by the Army, police and 40,000 troops from CRPF and BSF, is likely to secure the Amarnath Yatra— an annual pilgrimage to the shrine this year.
In two back-to-back security reviews for the 60-day Yatra, starting from June 28, the Ministry of Home Affairs Thursday decided to use jammers, CCTV cameras, bulletproof bunkers, dog squads and quick reaction teams on the Yatra route in view security threats.
Satellites are also likely to be used to track movement of over three lakhs pilgrims expected to take part in the pilgrimage this year, officials said.
Sources in the Ministry of Home affairs told a local news gathering agency that security forces have been asked to maintain highest level of alertness and synergy.
Meanwhile the helpline numbers have been established for the yatras.
Keeping in view the last year’s attack on Amarnath pilgrims, the Union Home Ministry has decided to improve security for the pilgrimage.
On July 10 last year, at least nine Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured in an attack on a bus in Anantnag district.
Keeping that in mind, multi-tier security arrangements have been made this year, one of the top officials of the MHA said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police has already sought around 22,500 additional paramilitary personnel for deployment along the entire route of the Amarnath pilgrimage.
A total of around 40,000 personnel are expected to be deployed during this year’s pilgrimage.