Ahead of Amarnath Yatra, Centre sends NSG to J&K

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Srinagar

The central government on Thursday sent a team of National Security Guards (NSG) to Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir to deal with any untoward incident ahead of the Amarnath Yatra, reported Zee News.

Reports said that commandos of the NSG would be deputed across Srinagar.

According to Zee News report, the commandos have been asked to be prepared to deal with any hostage-like situation. Apart from this, they will also be stationed at Srinagar airport to tackle any eventuality.

“NSG commandos being sent to Jammu and Kashmir have been equipped with the latest range of weapons. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has not revealed details about the weapons,” Zee news report said.

This comes just days after the central government decides to resume anti-militant operations in the state following a one-month suspension of the same during Ramzan. Several encounters have been conducted by armed forces since the resumption of the operations and many militants have been killed.

Meanwhile, security has also been strengthened along the International Border and the Line of Control to foil any infiltration bid by militants ahead of the Amarnath Yatra. Additional DG of CRPF for J&K Zone told ANI, “Adequate forces have been deployed on both Baltal and Pahalgam routes for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. Law and order and counter-intelligence are the main focus areas.”

Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has also asked armed forces to maintain “highest level of alertness” and “synergy”.

Notably, the state is under Governor’s rule as of now, as the government toppled after the BJP withdrew support to the PDP last week.

“All border police stations, posts, and check-points have also been directed to be strengthened and activated to neutralize any infiltration by militants. A system to share intelligence on a real-time basis by Officers so that nefarious designs of anti-national elements and their mentors can be thwarted has also been implemented. Night patrolling will also be organised on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway,” reported Zee News.

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