Terrorist planning to target Amarnath Yatra but forces ready with all 'systems and resources' to foil any attack: Army
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In an alarming statement, an Army officer on Friday said that the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have inputs that some terrorists are planning to attack the Amarnath Yatra which is scheduled to take place on July 21.
However, he also asserted that the security forces are all set with ‘systems and resources’ to foil any attack and to ensure that the annual pilgrimage goes on unhindered.
Indian Army Brigadier Vivek Singh as reported by news agency PTI said that it was only befitting that Friday's encounter, in which three terrorists, including a self-styled commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist group, were gunned down, took place just four days before the yatra is set to commence on July 21.
"There are inputs that terrorists would try their best to target the yatra, but we have got our systems and resources in place to ensure that it goes on unhindered and peacefully," Brigadier Vivek Singh Thakur, Commander, Two Sector, said as quoted by PTI.
"We remain committed to ensuring Amarnath Yatra will be conducted peacefully without any hindrance and the security situation will continue to remain under control," he added.
Brigadier Thakur said the stretch of national highway 44 which will be used by the yatris continue to remain sensitive. "This axis is a bit sensitive. The yatris will take up this axis to go up to Sonamarg (Ganderbal) and this (Baltal) is the only route which will be active to go up to the Amarnath cave," he said.
Meanwhile, security forces on Saturday morning also gunned down three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian.
The officials said that after receiving a tip-off about the militants hiding in the Amshipora and Shopian, a joint operation was carried out by the Indian Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF to nab the terrorists, however, when the forces asked them to surrender, the terrorists fired upon them which led to the encounter
This was the second encounter in less than 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir. On Friday, the security forces had gunned down three militants, including a self-styled top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), in Kashmir's Kulgam.
As per the officials, Waleed Bhai, one of the militants killed in the encounter, was a commander of JeM and an IED expert, adding that his killing was a huge success for the security forces.
(With PTI Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan