The holy journey of Amarnath has started. On Tuesday morning, fifth batch of 6597 pilgrims left for Pahalgam and Baltal from Yatri Niwas Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu.
In this, 2122 pilgrims have gone on pilgrimage via Baltal and 4475 via Pahalgam. The enthusiasm of the devotees regarding Yatra is increasing continuously.
However, there is a fear of attack in middle of the journey. Instead of a major attack, terrorists may also try to instil fear in the minds of passengers to carrying out small attacks through standup firing, throwing grenades and sticky buns.
However, strict arrangements have been made for the safety of the passengers during the journey. Along with this, a new traffic advisory has been issued.
Jawans are not getting chartered flight
There is a danger of terrorist attacks on the army convoy during the Amarnath Yatra. Especially for those soldiers who will go home on leave. Soldiers are now being forced to go by road instead of plane while going home on leave. This is because, for the last three years, the air service which is also called chartered flight is not available from the Ministry of Defence.
Amarnath Yatra targeted by terrorists
The Amarnath Yatra has been a target of terrorists since the 90s. The first was the Amarnath Yatra attack in 1993. After this terrorists continued to attack every year for 4 consecutive years. Till 1996. However, the biggest attack was planned in 2000. 32 people lost their lives in this attack while around 60 people were injured. In 2001, grenades were hurled at Yatris Camp on Sheshnag Lake. Again in 2002 and 2006, passengers were targeted through attacks.
Now the security arrangements are strong
After these incidents, security arrangements were made for the Amarnath Yatra. Despite this, in the year 2017, once again the terrorists opened fire on the bus of Amarnath Yatris. Due to this 7 passengers died, while 32 people were injured. However, since then the Indian security system has been strengthened so much that the terrorists could not muster the courage to carry out the attack.
Amendment in a traffic advisory
During the Amarnath Yatra, the timing of the last vehicle to cross the Navayug tunnel towards the valley from Jammu to Pahalgam is 4 pm, while the timing of the last vehicle to cross the Mir Bazar towards Anantnag is 4 pm. The movement timings between the Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley have also been revised. Baltal Convoy-Jammu to Kashmir departure time for Baltal at 4 am and Lumbar Banihal departure time for Baltal is 10 am.