Highway being secured for Amarnath pilgrims

Highway being secured for Amarnath pilgrims
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PAMPORE: As per the high alert issued for the Srinagar-Jammu highway, government forces have established bunkers and check posts on the highway near Pampore, causing inconvenience to commuters.
The check posts have been established at Galendar in the southern part of the town and at Frestabal in the northern part.
The establishment of these bunkers has caused fear among the locals and the staff of the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneur Development Institute (JKEDI). They believe that the presence of government forces is an invitation to militant attacks.
Superintendent of Police Awantipora Mohammad Zahid said that the check points have been established to safeguard vehicles of Amaranth pilgrims, making sure that no vehicle takes a different route.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Mohammad Zahid said these points were established in areas that have been a soft target for militants in the past.
Ahead of the Amarnath Yatra, government forces mainly police, SOG, CRPF and army have been deployed at various places including on the new bypass at Pampore, Awantipora and at other places along the highway.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG), South Kashmir Range, Amit Kumar visited Pampore on Wednesday and reviewed security arrangements for the Amarnath pilgrims.
The DIG was accompanied by SSP Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudhary, SP Awantipora Mohammad Zahid, DySP Operations Pampore Riyaz Ahmad, and other senior police and security officers. They visited Galander, Kandizal bridge, and EDI Pampore to see if check posts had been established there.
Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that the security was reviewed by DIG Amit Kumar who personally visited the different check points in Pampore and Kandizal areas of Pulwama district.
“It was just an assurance to the pilgrims that they are safe if they take safe routes,” said a police official, adding that the movement of pilgrims would strictly remain along the new four-lane bypass.
The first batch of Amarnath pilgrims is leaving Jammu for Kashmir on June 27. The first batch comprises both pilgrims and Hindu saints. The pilgrimage lasts for two months and concludes this year on August 26.
Last year, seven pilgrims returning from the remote Himalayan shrine of Amarnath were killed and several others wounded when gunmen attacked their bus in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.