No threat to Amarnath Yatra: DGP Singh

Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Sunday said that there was no threat to Amarnath Yatra and pilgrimage is going on smoothly.

The Jammu and Kashmir police chief said that when yatra commenced there were apprehensions. “But everything is going on smoothly and everybody including the people are doing their bit to make the pilgrimage successful,” he said adding that number of pilgrims is swelling with each passing day. “This is a good sign,” he added.

This year, security arrangements for the annual Amarnath Yatra have been scaled up and the authorities have issued a ‘barcode’-enabled authority slip to pilgrims to keep a track of the actual number of people travelling to and from the cave shrine.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)—tasked as the primary force to secure the pilgrimage— has deployed an enhanced number of upgraded electromagnetic chips or RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags on vehicles that transport pilgrims and other civilians associated with the Yatra.

Around 40,000 CRPF men and J&K police personnel have been deployed to secure the 46-day Yatra that started on 1 July and will conclude on 15 August.

Official sources said that over two lakh pilgrims have so far visited the cave shrine.