Security forces have stepped up vigil after high alert was sounded in Jammu ahead of Navratras. This comes amidst the Uri attack by Pakistan sponsored militants in Kashmir valley few days ago.
Talking to Newspoint, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal said, “Ahead of Navratras, security if beefed up in several vital points including popular market places.”
Security was significantly heightened at the airport, railway stations, bus stands and other vital installations in the city.
Vigil was also heightened in several areas, including popular market places, like Raghunath bazaar, old city, Residency road and etc. Police officials are taking stock of the situation,
Sleuths of Crime Branch and Police along with Paramilitary forces have also been roped in and the security unit has been asked to form a strategy in connection with potential threats to vital places like temples and other important places.
Local police have been asked to remain extra vigilant and Para-military forces have also been deployed in several parts of the city for quick response in cases an emergency situation arises, he added.Paramilitary and police personnel are patrolling and frisking people at important points in Jammu city, which is thronged by thousands of devotees every year, especially during Navratri. The nine-day Navratri festival will begin from October 2nd, 2016 and the authorities claim to be in full control of the situation.
Divisional Commissioner further said, “Security has been beefed up at the famous Vaishno Devi Temple ahead of the nine-day “Navratri” festival.”
“There is much fanfare in Katra during Navratra festival and the inflow of tourists also rises manifold during those days. We have made proper security arrangements. We have taken the help of the CRPF”, he added.
The devotees making their way to the shrine were also put through rigorous checking, a routine, exercised with extra care, considering the sensitive nature of the shrine and keeping recent threats in mind. The devotees complied without complaining.
The festival lasts for nine days in honour of nine manifestations of Durga, goddess of power, and fall in the months of April-May and September-October. It is believed that during the Navratri, Goddess Durga descends on earth to rid it of the demons and blesses her devotees with happiness and prosperity.