• The Jammu and Kashmir government asked the Amartnath tourists to leave the valley “as soon as possible” citing the possibility of terror threats.
•Pakistan-based terrorists are reportedly planning to target the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, the state(?) government said citing intelligence inputs.
•The Indian government has already posted 10,000 additional paramilitary personnel to Kashmir in the wake of the intelligence inputs.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has issued an advisory urging all the Amarnath pilgrims to leave ‘as soon as possible” citing the possibility of attack by terrorists, based on intelligence inputs.
According to the intelligence inputs, Pakistan-backed terrorists are reportedly planning to target the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, reported NDTV.
The Amarnath Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave, a shrine for the Hindu God Shiva, in the mountains of south Kashmir in the months of July and August.
As of 30 July, Over 320, 000 pilgrims have performed the annual Amarnath yatra. And another batch of 1,175 tourists left Jammu for the valley on Tuesday (30 July)
“Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible,” said the advisory.
The security forces had reportedly recovered an anti-personnel mine of Pakistan Ordnance. They have also found a sniper rifle during the raids at terror hideouts, the IANS reported citing Gen K.J.S. Dhillon, Commander of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt.
The Indian government has already posted 10,000 additional troops to Kashmir in the wake of intelligence inputs that the terrorists could target the yatra. On Thursday, 25,000 more troops were pressed into service.