Police briefs Union Secretaries about security scenario


Srinagar: A two-member team of Union Secretaries in Ministry of Home Affairs were today briefed by Jammu and Kashmir Police about the security scenario in the state and the arrangements made for smooth conduct of the Amarnath yatra scheduled to start early next month.

Union Special Secretary, Internal Security, Ashok Prasad and Joint Secretary (K), Ministry of Home Affairs, Rajit Punhani, were briefed by Director General of State Police K Rajendra Kumar about the security scenario in the state and the arrangements made for the smooth conduct of the annual yatra, an official spokesman said.

He said the Union Secretaries met Kumar at Police headquarters here this afternoon and also discussed various professional issues and shared their views.

Prasad served as State DGP for two years and was repatriated to the Centre after Kumar took as DGP last year, while Punhani is Incharge Kashmir Affairs in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Earlier, the spokesman said the DGP chaired a high level meeting at Police Control Room (PCR) here to discuss and decide security and other related arrangements for the Yatra scheduled to begin on July 2 and end on August 29.  The holy cave, situated in southern Himalayas at an altitude of 3,880 metres, has two routes, 16-km track via Baltal in Ganderbal district and 45-km traditional route via Pahalgam in Anantnag district.

The meeting, also attended by central paramilitary forces and intelligence officers, discussed in detail the broad approach regarding preparedness for arising emergent and unforeseen situations, functioning of Joint Control Rooms in the yatra camps and disaster management, the spokesman said.

He said officers from different wings of police and other security forces made detailed presentations with regard to police bandubast, deployment plan, security, traffic and other arrangements.

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