Govt asks Amarnath Pilgrims to curtail Yatra; Indian Army, Paramilitary forces step up security measures

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Updated: August 2, 2019 6:28:34 PM

At a joint press conference by Chinar Corps Commander and DGP of J&K Police: Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, 15 Corps Commander said that there have been regular attempts of infiltration by Pakistan in an effort to disrupt peace in the Kashmir Valley.

amarnath yatra, Amarnath yatra 2019, Amarnath yatra news, Amarnath yatra registration, Amarnath yatra route, Amarnath yatra latest news, Amarnath yatra update, Amarnath yatra from delhiAccording to the GOC 15 Corps, “In the last few days, we have got inputs about terror activities targeting the Amarnath Yatra. We have carried out enough search operation to counter any possible attacks.” (IE photo)

The government has issued advisory urging all Amarnath Yatris and tourist to leave the valley immediately and to take necessary measures to return back.

This follows after in a joint combing operation by the Indian Army, Jammu and Kashmir Policy as well as CRPF, a huge cache of ordnance was found as well as M-24 sniper rifle made in the US.

The government has so far decided to send additional almost 28,000 troops to the Kashmir Valley. Based on the situation on the ground, so far 10,000 plus 28,000 troops have been sent.

Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have confirmed to Financial Express Online that based on the reports received additional troops are being deployed in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). And, so far 100 companies had been ordered for deployment about a week ago, which are in the process of reaching their destinations.

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In July Minister of State for Home Affairs G Krishan Reddy told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that there has been a significant reduction in the infiltration and that the local recruitment has declined by 40 percent.

According to the reply he gave, incidents that have been initiated by the terrorists, there has been a decline of almost 28 percent and credited it to the efforts of the security forces who managed to neutralize 126 terrorists in J&K from January 2019 till July 14, 2019.

This afternoon, the Indian Army and the Jammu & Kashmir Police and CRPF too while pointing out that ‘83% of terrorists in the Kashmir Valley has a record of stone-pelting, stated that the situation on the LOC is under control and very much peaceful as of now.

At a joint press conference by Chinar Corps Commander, DGP of J&K Police and CRPF, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, 15 Corps Commander said that there have been regular attempts of infiltration by Pakistan in an effort to disrupt peace in the Kashmir Valley.

The Corps Commander also requested the mothers and the Kashmiri youth who are into stone-pelting and have joined terrorism to surrender and return to the mainstream.

Adding that this will not be allowed, “We will not allow this and this is our promise to the awam of Kashmir. And that 30 % of those who pick up a weapon will face elimination.”

Said Jammu & Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, “The overall number of active militants in the Valley & in the Jammu region has come down.”

Responding to a question about the increase in troop numbers in J&K, Singh said that “In the last few months the forces have been deployed in various activities.”




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