India: Security forces have made unprecedented security arrangements for the Amarnath yatra as it apprehends a higher threat perception to the pilgrims this year. The Army officer, who did not wish to be identified, said security personnel three to four times more in strength have been deployed around the yatra as there’s credible intelligence of a likely militant strike.
“There is an increased threat perception to the Amarnath yatra this year. We generally receive inputs about terrorists targeting the yatra every year, but this year, there are more such inputs,” the officer said.
Despite the administration’s efforts to ensure a safe and secure yatra “we cannot say that we have made it 100 per cent foolproof,” the officer said. Apart from the deployment, drone surveillance and RFID chips will also be part of the three-tier security arrangements for the pilgrims. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar had on June 14 said that three terrorists, who were killed in recent encounters, were sent to attack the annual Amarnath Yatra.