Home, police departments urged to submit Yatra requirements
The military can also be deployed for security on NH
JAMMU, April 18: The Union Home Ministry (MHA) has decided to return nearly 100 paramilitary companies to Jammu and Kashmir which were withdrawn from Union territory for the conduct of elections in the Assembly in five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa and Manipur and researched the number of additional companies that would be needed for the annual Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrimage.
Official sources told the Excelsior that in view of the militants hitting soft targets in the Kashmir Valley, the MHA has ordered the return of the 100 paramilitary companies that were withdrawn from Union territory following the elections. in five states.
“Companies have started reaching Union territory after a pause,” sources said, adding that the majority of companies are being sent to the Kashmir Valley where recently militants have targeted civilians, security officers in leave, cops, non-locals, etc.
However, some of the companies are stationed in Jammu until Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit scheduled for April 24. These companies will also move to the valley after Modi’s one-day tour.
The electoral process in five states ended on March 10.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry has requested details on the deployment of Jammu and Kashmir, including the number of additional central armed police forces that would be required for the deployment for Hajj security. Annual Shri Amarnath Ji.
The yatra will last 43 days from June 30 to August 11 this year.
The Home Department and Police Headquarters are working out the details of the paramilitary companies that would be sought from the Union Home Ministry for the yatra.
“Details will be worked out this week and sent to the Home Office,” sources said.
According to reports, the government of Jammu and Kashmir may seek at least 400 additional CAPF companies from the Center to make ironclad security arrangements for the Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrimage. Figures are being worked out taking into account targeted killings by militants and measures needed to protect soft targets as well as pilgrims along the national routes, including Pathankot-Jammu and Jammu-Srinagar, in addition to Baltal and Nunwan twin tracks, base camp in Jammu and all other vulnerable areas.
Sources said the Central and Jammu and Kashmir governments are likely to take the services of the Army, BSF and ITBP as well for the annual pilgrimage, although a final decision in this regard has yet to be made. not yet taken.
While the army could manage some places on the Pathankot-Jammu and Srinagar-Jammu national highways in addition to the Shri Amarnath Ji cave sanctuary in the southern Himalayas in Kashmir, the BSF could also be deployed on the highways. The ITBP could be placed in some dual track areas.
Sources said that after the review of security arrangements for the Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrimage by Union Home Minister Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Director of Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar in Kashmir last week, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to review the arrangements in New Delhi soon.
A final date for the review of the arrangements of Shri Amarnath Ji yatra by Amit Shah is expected to be set soon, they added.
The government does not want to take any risk with the safety of the yatra because it is after two years that the pilgrimage is relaunched.
The yatra could not be conducted in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic while it was cut short by about 15 days in 2019 before central government decisions on August 5 to remove Jammu’s special status -and-Kashmir and to bifurcate the former state into two union territories J&K and Ladakh.