New Delhi: Like every year, this year too holy shrine of Amarnath is hovered by the possibilities of terrorist attacks. However, much for the revered Hindu religion, pilgrimages refused to sit back for their security and blew a conch to begin 48-day long Yatra, today, with the valleys all set to echo the tranquil melodies of ‘Bam Bam Bhole’. Considering which, government officials have elevated their security to protect the fleet of pilgrims. The first group of thousands of pilgrims is reported to leave for the base camps of Jammu, Phalgam and Baltal for the ‘darshan’ through precarious and treacherous routes of Yatra.
Along with the Jammu and Kashmir police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is also deployed along the twin tracks of Pahalgam and Baltal and entire Chandawari track unto the holy shrine for the security of the pilgrims.
“CRPF battalions and companies have been fully sensitized for implementing the standard operating procedures on the ground and the Yatra convoy going from the Jammu base camp will be given full security,” said Rakesh Sethi, a senior officer of the CRPF in Jammu.
To supervise the situation and gauge the established and needed security battalion placed in the route of the Yatra, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is reported to pay two day visit to the state. He will be accompanied by State Governor N N Vohra. They will also be honored with the (pratham) first darshan of Baba Barfani, on Tuesday.
Over 2 lack pilgrims were reported to pay obeisance to the holy shrine last year; numbers are likely to be the same this year.
This year, if the Yatra concludes peacefully without any incidents, it will be a massive subjugation against terrorism. As rising terrorist menaces are lingering higher this year, which is apparent from their recent strikes, the challenge for India’s security forces is even more hard lined.