Drones to monitor Amarnath yatra this year: report

Security agencies will use drones to monitor Hindu pilgrimage to Amarnath cave in Kashmir Himalayas this year, a media report said today.

India Today, while quoting official sources, reported that the drones will hover over the entire trek round the clock and beam pictures back to the control rooms to ensure the safety of pilgrims.

The measure, it said, is being taken in additional to the four-ring security cover provided to the pilgrims journeying to the Amarnath cave.

From Lakhanpur onwards, the devotees will be protected by the CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir Police escorts and guards, all along the route.

The BSF will carry out joint patrols. According to top security officials, Army deployments have been ordered in high-altitude areas of the pilgrimage trek.

The Yatra is scheduled to begin on June 2.

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