Amarnath Yatra on terror radar: Army

Udhampur, PTI | Updated : 17 June 2013, 07:54 PM

The Army has received inputs that terrorists might try to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra scheduled to commence from June 28, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt General K T Parnaik said on Monday.   

"Intelligence inputs which we are receiving suggest that they (terrorists) have intentions to disrupt the Yatra," Parnaik told reporters on the occasion of the Raising Day of the Northern Command.   

He, however, said it was difficult to gauge where from these threats were emanating and how the terrorists might try to attack the pilgrimage.   

"These warnings are coming, but who these persons are and where from they are coming, how will they strike one doesn't know," he said.   

The General said the forces need to maintain a high degree of alert and foil any such attempt made by the anti-national elements.   

"Precautions are being taken. We have meetings in unified command and in operation groups. We also have meetings under Operation Shiva -- the operation named for the security of the Amarnath Yatra -- we discuss the security arrangements for the pilgrimage and plans are made on how to secure the Yatra," he said.   

"The security of the track, as you know, is the concern of the CRPF and JK police. Army is stationed near the shrine. But we maintain surveillance from all the four sides," he said.

First Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 07:51 PM
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