SRINAGAR In wake of recent fidayeen attack on the CRPF patrolling party at K P Road at Anantnag that left five CRPF men dead and a police officer seriously injured, Governor S P Malik is all set to convene a fresh security review meeting to finalise the security preparedness plan for the upcoming annual pilgrimage commencing from July 1.
Quoting top police officials, a local news agency reported that there is every likelihood that additional companies of forces would be called in to strengthen the security layer for the smooth pilgrimage of Amarnath Yatra. The pilgrimage will start from July 1 from Chandanwari in Pahalgam area of Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir.
Officials said that in addition to the existing 300 companies of forces that were retained after the conduct of polls, more additional forces are likely to arrive in Kashmir next week.
Governor is all set to chair an important meeting next week any time to take stock of the security plan to be re-framed for the Amarnath pilgrimage in the wake of recent militant strike that left five CRPF men dead and a police officer critically injured while as the suicide attacker was also killed, a senior officer wishing not to be named said.
He said that the meeting will take place at Rajbhavan or SKICC where all the advisors, top officers of police and the civil administration are expected to take part.
Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar on Thursday had said that all things including previous and fresh attacks by militants will be kept in mind while framing the security plan for the Amarnath Yatra.
Sources said that more focus will remain on guarding the routes leading to the cave shrine of Amarnath will be guarded with multi-layer cover of Road Opening Parties (ROPs) while as army will remain at the beck-and call of the government for meeting any exigencies. (KNO)
Div Com reviews facilities
The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan along with DDC Anantnag Khalid Jahangir, DIG South, Director Disaster Management and other senior officers today visited Yatra Transit Camps at FC Godown Mir Bazaar, Walnut Factory Qazigund and Gulab Bagh Qazigund to review the necessary arrangements to be put in place for the pilgrims of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra 2019.
The Div Com also reviewed the basic arrangements including portable drinking water, power supply, installation of Halogen lights, bathroom, toilet facilities and availability of essentials commodities.