Srinagar: Various security arrangements, including deployment of road opening parties (ROPs) till late hours and regulation of unregistered yatri buses, are likely to be put in place for improved security of Amaranth pilgrims in Kashmir.
The government’s security forces held various high-level meetings on Tuesday to ensure no militant attack takes place on yatris. Official sources said that the “loopholes” in the security arrangements were discussed threadbare in the meetings.
“Security is likely to be beefed up for the yatris. Road opening parties of different forces will be deployed up to late hours to ensure safety along the yatra routes,” officials said.
They said joint nakas (checkpoints) by police and CRPF would be established at various points along the roads.
“For the entire day we were discussing the security arrangements for the yatris. We will rectify if any lapses are there, and provide adequate security wherever we need it,” IG Police Muneer Khan told Kashmir Reader.
He said that there was no need of additional forces as there were already enough available for the security of pilgrims.
The IG denied that any security loopholes led to the militant attack. “There were no loopholes. The bus attacked by the militants was late due to a technical snag. It was attacked in the dark when the ROPs were withdrawn,” he said.
He said that all unregistered buses would be regulated to ensure their movement during daytime only.
“We will ensure movement of buses during the hours of ROP deployment only,” he said.
Special Director General (DG) CRPF of Jammu and Kashmir, SN Srivastava, told Kashmir Reader that there was no need to deploy more additional companies of paramilitary forces for the security of yatris.
“The state government is making all possible efforts to provide every security arrangement for the yatra,” the DG said.
He said all the pilgrims would be instructed to move during convoy timings only.
“It will be safe for all yatris to move in convoys only,” he said.