Jammu, June 27: The first batch of pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra was flagged off from the Jammu base camp in Bhagwant Nagar on Wednesday amid tight security.
Chief Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir BVR Subramanyam, Advisors to Jammu BB Vyas and Vijay Kumar, and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra flagged off the Yatra.
“Amarnath Yatra is a very significant annual event. With cooperation of public, all security agencies and development agencies, we have put a scheme in place and are trying our best to address concerns of the pilgrims. We will ensure smooth flow of traffic,” Vijay Kumar said.
First batch of Amarnath Yatra has been flagged off from Jammu base camp. It was flagged off today by BVR Subramanyam, Chief secretary J&K, BB Vyas Advisor to J&K Governor & Vijay Kumar, Advisor to J&K Governor. pic.twitter.com/djW5DdSX7f
— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2018
The pilgrims across the country left for the two base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir, guarded by the security forces in a fleet of vehicles.
Speaking to ANI Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Jammu Sector Abhay Vir Chauhan stated,”All security arrangements have been made. We’re using latest technology and vehicles,manpower has been increased as compared to last year. There’s no specific threat as such, but we’re ready for any kind of attack”.
Top to review the efficacy of security arrangement for the annual Yatra, on Tuesday IG CRPF, held a meeting.
He also reviewed the composition and preparedness of Special Motor Cycle Squad formed by the CRPF.
So far nearly two lakh pilgrims from different corners 0f the country have reportedly registered themselves for the Yatra.