Adequate security in place for Amarnath Yatra: IGP Jammu

Adequate security arrangements have been put in place for smooth conduct of Amaranth Yatra that starts from July 1, said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, Manish Kumar Sinha on Monday.

“Yatra is always a big security challenge for forces. We have put in place multi-layer security arrangements for successful conduct of the Yatra,” said the IGP.

In Jammu, the Yatra pass through five districts on 268 km stretch of national highway, from Lakhanpur to Jawahar Tunnel, the IG said, adding besides Yatra routes, security grid has also strengthen arrangements in entire Jammu.

“This year we got more paramilitary forces, so the deployment is planned in a way to cover every nook and corner of Jammu,” he said.

The IGP said security apparatus has been strengthened in border belts as infiltration was a major challenge.

“The fresh infiltration always remains a concern. We have strengthened our counter infiltration grid and deployed addition battalions of Border Security Force (BSF) on borders and additional nakas,” he said.

The IGP added that prominent routes and all langars en-route Yatra have been covered under CCTV cameras apart from police security cover to langars.

Earlier, Police and other security forces conducted a mock drill at Jammu-Tawi Railway Station, the most crowded station of the state.

The drill was conducted to demonstrate preparedness of security forces to utilise ‘golden hour’ in case of any eventually.

Apart from police, personnel of GRP, CRPF, NCC cadets, scouts and guides, dog squad, supervisors and staff of Railway Station also took part in the exercise.

During the drill, the teams also demonstrated how people affected from mishap should be segregated and how such areas should be cordoned off while undertaking evacuation of visitors to safer place.

The teams also inspected track patrolling and security equipment installed for frisking and checking luggage of passengers at the Railway Station.

Ranjit Singh Sambyal, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Railways, Jammu, who supervised the drill provided on the spot instructions to jurisdictional officers for safety and security of both men and material at the Station.

The SSP Railways stressed for intensifying day and night patrolling all along the track and at other vital installations and also to maintain close coordination with other agencies including inhabitants residing in the close vicinity of the Railway track to get advance input to thwart the evil designs of anti national.