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Amarnath Yatra security measures reviewed; Northern Army Commander meets Governor

Srinagar:The Indian armed forces have formulated a strategy on the operational and administrative aspects to ensure an incident-free Amarnath Yatra which is scheduled to commence in Jammu and Kashmir from 28 June.

A Core Group Security meeting was held at Nagrota on Saturday to review and coordinate the security arrangements for the annual pilgrimage, a defence spokesperson said.

The meeting was co-chaired by the General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps, Lieutenant General AK Sharma, and state Director General of Police SP Vaid.

Meanwhile, the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu called upon the Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra during his day-long visit to the valley and discussed the prevailing situation.

The Governor was apprised of the key security initiatives that have been put into place by the Army to ensure security during the Amarnath Yatra and in Kashmir Region, said a statement, issued by the army.

The meet on Amarnath Yatra was attended by senior commanders of the army and civilian dignitaries from the Jammu region, said the spokesperson.

“A joint strategy on the operational and administrative arrangements was chalked out by all the agencies to ensure peace and stability in the region and an incident-free yatra,” he added.

The intelligence updates were discussed in detail to assess any security threat to the Yatra, said the spokesperson.

“All the stakeholders have been advised to sensitise everyone on the ground to avoid any untoward incident,” he added.

Lieutenant General Sharma said the army personnel deployed south of Pir Panjal has been pro-actively involved with the civil administration to ensure peace and social harmony in the region.

DGP Vaid appreciated the “high-level of synergy” shown by all the agencies during operations in the recent past.

The first batch of Amarnath pilgrims is scheduled to depart from the Jammu base camp on 28 June under tight security.

All arrangements have been made by the Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) and the state government for the smooth conduct of the 40-day pilgrimage.

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