IGP Kashmir Calls for Vigilant Patrolling to Ensure Safe Amarnath Yatra


SRINAGAR: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, VK Birdi, reviewed the arrangements for the peaceful conduct of the Amarnath Yatra during a meeting at the conference hall of the Police Control Room Kashmir on Monday.

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A spokesperson in a statement said that the meeting was attended by DIG Central Kashmir Range, DIG North Kashmir Range, DIG South Kashmir Range, all district SSPs of Kashmir Zone, SSP Traffic City, SSP Traffic Rural, SSP Security, SSP APCR, and SP Telecommunication.

The statement noted that the officers briefed the IGP Kashmir through a PowerPoint presentation (PPT) on the security plan, including the specific requirements of their respective districts and the security arrangements in place for the smooth conduct of the Amarnath Yatra.

While directing the officers, IGP Kashmir closely examined the SOPs formulated for coordinating security efforts and ensuring a unified approach in managing exigencies arising from operational, natural, and man-made disasters.

Emphasising the safe and secure movement of pilgrims as the top priority, he reviewed the deployment and operational readiness of the road opening parties, stressing the need for vigilant patrolling and monitoring along highways.

He also instructed the officers to ensure robust night dominations to prevent any untoward incidents during the night.

IGP Kashmir reviewed the schedule and cut-off timings for vehicle-bound and foot yatras, which are crucial for maintaining a structured and secure flow of pilgrims along the designated routes.

He directed that mock drills be conducted based on SOPs to evaluate their effectiveness on the ground and identify areas for improvement.

Additionally, DIG South Kashmir and DIG Central Kashmir were directed to assess the High-Density Counter Operation Plans in their respective zones to ensure comprehensive security coverage and a timely response to potential threats.

He stressed further strengthening the security grid and checking on anti-national elements (ANEs) and terrorist associates by generating actionable intelligence.

IGP Kashmir urged all officers to remain vigilant and proactive in their duties, emphasising the importance of coordination and a timely response to any potential threats.

He also directed the officers to ensure robust security measures at all camping sites by installing CCTV cameras at all strategic locations.

The IGP emphasised the importance of ensuring adequate manpower at each yatra camp.

The meeting concluded with the IGP expressing confidence in the capabilities of the police to provide a safe, smooth, and secure environment for the yatra, ensuring that pilgrims can undertake their spiritual journey with great fervour and peace of mind—(KNO)


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