Jul 13, 2024

Amarnath Yatra: IGP Kashmir calls for vigilant patrolling along highways

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

According to a statement, 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, SP Telecommunication.

The statement reads that the officers briefed the IGP Kashmir through a PowerPoint presentation (PPT) of the security plan, including the specific requirements of their respective districts & security arrangements put 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 out of operational, natural & manmade disasters.

Emphasizing the safe & secure movement of pilgrims, being 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 also reviewed the schedule and cutoff timings for the vehicle bound as well as foot yatra which is crucial for maintaining a structured and secure flow of pilgrims along the designated routes.

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

Besides, DIG south Kashmir & DIG central Kashmir were directed to assess the High-Density Counter Operation Plans in their respective zones for ensuring comprehensive security coverage and timely response of potential threats.

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

IGP Kashmir urged all officers to remain vigilant and proactive in their duties, emphasising the importance of coordination and 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 stressed upon the officers 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 safe, smooth & secure environment for the yatra, ensuring that pilgrims can undertake their spiritual journey with great fervour & peace of mind.


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