After the Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir reopens for public on June 29 this year, Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to be among the first few pilgrims to pay obeisance at the shrine as reported by PTI. According to official sources, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi are also likely to visit the shrine on the first day of the over a month-long pilgrimage. The pilgrimage will begin on June 29 and conclude on August 7. More than 27,000 security personnel will be deployed along the route during the pilgrimage to the high-altitude shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh today gave the details of the attack in which four militants were killed while attacking CRPF’s Sumbal camp in Bandipora district. He said the terrorists, who tried to storm a CRPF camp in a pre-dawn suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir, intended a prolonged siege and to ensure extensive damage. In his statement quoted by PTI, Rajnath said “The terrorists were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations. It indicated that the terrorists intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage.”
Rajnath further lauded the CRPF jawans and the Jammu and Kashmir Police for showing exemplary courage and valour by thwarting the terrorists’ attempt and in eliminating them. “It is inspiring to see CRPF men staying awake all night and maintaining tight vigil, and to see the Jammu and Kashmir Police coming to the CRPF’s assistance quickly,” he said. He congratulated the CRPF, particularly, its 45th battalion, and the Jammu and Kashmir Police for their alertness and unmatched courage.