An order issued Friday by Principal Secretary Home, Shaleen Kabra advised the tourists and Amarnath yatris in the state to “curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible.”
Displaying pictures of a land mine bearing a Pakistan stamp, Srinagar-based Chinar Corps Commander Lt General K J S Dhillon said combined teams of the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police have been carrying out searches for the last few days.
Fares for scheduled flights out of Srinagar on Saturday skyrocketed shortly after the advisory was issued. The spot fares for a Srinagar-Delhi flight on Friday evening remained between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000; it went up to Rs 16,000-Rs 17,000 for Saturday.
Addressing the media on the situation of uncertainty and panic in the Valley, top Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma and Karan Singh accused the BJP-led NDA government of spreading panic.
Tourists enjoy a Shikara ride in the waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar. The footfall of tourists visiting Kashmir has decreased due to a spate of militant attacks including a recent attack on Amarnath yatris in which seven yatris were killed and around 20 injured.