15 June:A three-tier security arrangement with the deployment of over 6000 CRPF personnel has been put in place for the Amarnath Yatra which begins on 18th June.
"A 3-tier security set-up has been activated in and around the cave shrine, base camps, halting and eating points and along the route of pilgrimage from Lakhanpur (Kathua) to Amarnath," a highly placed officer said.
The security arrangement consists of area domination and setting up of mountain posts by Army, stationary deployments of CRPF and mobile patrolling by armed police.
Army has set up 97 area domination posts in and around the Cave Shrine in Lidder Valley of South Kashmir and Pahalgam and along the highway in Anantnag, Ramban and Udhampur districts besides erecting check points on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
Fifty companies of CRPF, comprising about 6250 personnel, have been deployed on the yatra route of Pathankote-Jammu-Srinagar highway from Lakhanpur (Kathua) to Amarnath shrine via Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban, Anantnag, Srinagar and Baramulla districts, they said.
Mobile patrolling will be carried out by armed police.
Of the 50 companies of CRPF, 37 would be deployed in Kashmir valley on Baltal-Amarnath and Pahalgam-Amarnath while the remaining 13 would oversee security in Jammu and Kathua belts.
Besides, two women battalions– one each in Jammu and Kashmir, would be deployed.
The CRPF has also setup four disaster management camps with 400 beds.Over 2,02000 pilgrims have registered for the Yatra since 2nd May this year. Courtsey : DD NEWS