ays after Indian intelligence agencies learned of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) plans of carrying out terror attacks on the holy Amarnath Yatra, the Union government has dispatched a team of National Security Guards (NSG) to Srinagar.
The specially trained Black Cat NSG commandos have been asked to be on standby to deal with any terror or hostage-like situation. They will also be stationed at Srinagar airport to tackle any eventuality.
The Amarnath Yatra this year begins on June 28 and will continue for two months.
Security beefed up as terror threat looms over Amarnath Yatra
NSG commandos being sent to Jammu and Kashmir have been equipped with the latest range of weapons.
This follows the central government’s decision to resume anti-terror operations in the state following the suspension of Ramzan ceasefire.
Earlier, CRPF IG Ravideep Sahi had confirmed to India Today TV that there were strong inputs from agencies of a possible terror attack.
“There is a higher level of threat perception to Amarnath Yatra this year. There are terror groups working alone as well as terror groups like Lashkar, Hizb and Jaish working as hybrid terror groups. Security forces are working hard to fend off any such terror attacks,” he told India Today TV.
This year security agencies have had multiple high-level meetings for a full-proof plan. Additional security forces have also been deployed this year.
An extensive plan includes the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers for vehicles carrying yatris to aid security forces keep track of movement. Installation of RFID tags in vehicles used by pilgrims will aid in better coordination and use of drones for the surveillance of suspicious activities.
The RFID tags will be installed on vehicles when an individual or tour operator registers to travel to Kashmir for Amarnath Yatra.
At least 10-15 drones will operate through the day to monitor yatris. A 24X7 helpline number 1364 will start two days before the yatra. Additional CCTV cameras, bulletproof bunkers, dog squads and quick reaction teams on the yatra route will also be in place. Satellites are likely to track the movement of pilgrims.