Police gear up for ‘safe and secure’ conduct of Amarnath yatra

Kashmir Magazine

Srinagar: With few weeks left in resumption of holy Amarnath Yatra, police said that it has made all the preparations for secure and peaceful pilgrimage of the yatris.

Director General of Police Dilbgah Singh told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that sensitive areas along the Yatra route have been sensitised with security personnel.

“We are done with the Yatra preparations. All sensitive areas along the Yatra route have been sensitised and security have been deployed at all the spots where it is needed,” DGP told KNS.

The Yatra will begin in June and passes through Anantnag, Srinagar and Ganderbal districts to reach Baltal or some reach via Pahalgam route.

Last year, militants had attacked yatris at Anantnag in which eight pilgrims were killed.

DGP said that those points of the route where had been “weaker” earlier has been strengthened with security measures.

“Additional security personnel have been deployed at those areas who had been weak points earlier. These points are being strengthened with more security deployment,” he said.

Recently, Governor Satya Pal Malik also held a detailed meeting with officials concerned for smooth and safe conduct of Yatra.

The police chief said that the efforts of the police will be to deploy security before the Yatra begins so that pilgrims will feel safe and secure.

He said that the Yatra route is being cleared off snow and the damaged parts are being repaired for smooth passage of yatris.

Meanwhile, neighboring country is sending drugs in Kashmir to consume youth here and civil society and social leaders need to take the responsibility to raise social awareness to curb this malice, police chief said.

Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Director General of police said that consignment of drugs are smuggled from Pakistan and police has seized lot of quantities from Karnah, Ramban and in Jammu which were being supplied across the state to consume youth here.

“We have launched campaigns and legal action against smugglers. We are playing our role. Civil society and elders should play their part at the local level. Parents and social leaders have a responsibility to aware their children about the abuse of drugs,” DGP said.

He said that many consignments of drugs were being smuggled through LoC trade but the different Government agencies have seized the drugs and taken legal action.

The DGP said that poppy and bung is being cultivated in fee districts of South Kashmir which the local administration is destroying.

He said that district administration should take strict action against these cultivators.
He said that a big number of smugglers have been jailed.

“Government, civil society and people at large need to take a collective effort to curb the menace of drug abuse and it's consumption among youth here,” he said.