Srinagar, June 18: Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday assured safety to Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims and invite devotees to visit without any fear.
Speaking to news agency ANI, DGP SP Vaid said: ” All preparations for it have been done, I invite devotees to come without any fear, but yes they should follow the necessary security alerts given by security forces”.
The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir has already demanded around 22,500 additional paramilitary personnel for deployment along the entire route of the Amarnath pilgrimage.
Last week, Union home minister Rajnath Singh convened a meeting to review the security arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra that commences from June 28.
Earlier in June, during his two-day visit to the Valley, Rajnath called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed security arrangements that have been put in place for the pilgrimage.
More than three lakh pilgrims visit the Amarnath Shrine every year and the administration is taking all steps to provide facilities for them.
Last year, nine Amarnath pilgrims were killed and several injured including three policemen after militants attacked a Yatri bus and a police party in Anantnag along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in south Kashmir.
Keeping that in mind, multi-tier security arrangements are being made.