With the commencement of the Amarnath Yatra on Wednesday,the process to airlift three battalions of the BSF into the Valley began in the morning. The BSF personnel will be deployed along the yatra route from Qazigund up to the Amarnath cave.
The decision to request for BSF jawans was taken by the state government after the situation in the Valley started worsening in the past one week because of unrest over civilian killings by security forces. The government keeping in view the sensitivity of the yatra had requested the Centre for BSF personnel.
The first batch of pilgrims left Jammu for the Amarnath cave early morning. The yatra was flagged off by Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora.
A three-tier security is already in place in South Kashmir,besides 50 companies of CRPF,police and Army have also been deployed.
BSF officials in Srinagar confirmed that troops are being airlifted into Kashmir in special planes. Three thousand personnel will be airlifted from Amritsar and the process has already begun. Hundreds of BSF jawans reached Kashmir today, said a BSF official.
The BSF men have been drawn from different BSF battalions deployed in the northern parts of the country,especially from Rajasthan,Punjab,Haryana, he said.It will take three-four days to airlift all the troops from Amritsar.
BJP smells conspiracy behind demand for shorter Yatra
NEW DELHI: With demands for curtailment in the duration of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage emanating from the separatist camps in Kashmir,the BJP on Wednesday suspected that the tension in the Valley was an organised attempt to disrupt the yatra. The party demanded firm action against elements who are seeking to disturb the yatra and security for the devotees.
The BJP fielded its known Muslim face Shahnawaz Hussain to slam the separatists. Hussain took objection to hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelanis demand that the yatra be cut short to 15 days from the present two months. We want the government to deal with such elements firmly, he said.
He claimed that every year there is a deliberate attempt to create some sort of trouble ahead of the Amarnath yatra. The terrorists and the separatists start applying their minds to disrupt the yatra and disturb the pilgrims, he said. ENS