Home Minister Rajnath Singh will review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir a day ahead of the Amarnath Yatra and will also pay obeisance at the cave shrine.
After reaching Srinagar tomorrow, Singh will attend a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, besides top civil, police and Army officers to take stock of the prevailing situation in the state, particularly after Saturday’s attack in Pulwama district.
The Union Minister is expected to be briefed about various steps being taken by the security agencies to tackle militancy as well as infiltration from across the border, official sources said. Home Ministry has already directed security forces to intensify vigil in the state in the wake of reports of increase in cross border infiltration.
A three-member team, set up by the Home Minister, is currently visiting the state to look into lapses, if any, in the Pampore incident so that corrective steps could be taken. Practices being followed during the movement of paramilitary forces convoy in Jammu and Kashmir will also come up for review at the meeting to be attended by Singh.
Singh will fly down in a chopper on Saturday morning to the cave shrine located at a height of 12,756 feet to pay his obeisance. Home Minister will also oversee the security arrangements being made along the two routes of Amarnath Yatra. Top Home Ministry officials are in constant touch with Jammu and Kashmir government for ensuring security to pilgrims visiting the cave shrine.
As many as 12,500 central paramilitary personnel and 8,000 state policemen will be deployed along the two routes — one from South Kashmir’s Pahalgam and the other through Northeast Sonamarg. No specific input about threat to the 48-day long yatra has been received. Eight CRPF personnel were killed and at least 21 others injured when two militants attacked its CRPF convoy at Pampore in Pulwama district on June 25.