First batch of 2280 pilgrims have already left for their soulful Amarnath Yatra from the Jammu base camp amidst heavy Security which is dubbed as “highest-ever multi-tier security setup” by the security agencies.
The annual Amarnath Yatra, a 40-days-long pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath in the mountainous region of southern Kashmir has already commenced today from the Jammu base camp as the first batch of pilgrims will leave for a 200-km long journey to the shrine. The pilgrims including 1,811 males, 422 females and 47 holy men have left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at Jammu in 72 vehicles which will be escorted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicles.
Keeping in mind the situation in Kashmir, a multi-layer security arrangement has been made which will be manned by the Indian Army, CRPF, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police to provide a safe passage for the yatris. 30,000 troops have also been deployed throughout for smooth and incident-free conduct of the yatra. Besides heavy deployment of troops and monitoring through surveillance devices, bullet proof vehicles will escort the convoy of pilgrims. Also, closed circuit cameras are installed along the highway and some of the prominent and identified locations to keep vigil on any suspicious movement, activity.
The deployment of Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) of the state police along with rescue teams of various security forces, deployment of well-equipped firefighting teams at pre-determined points has also been done. Oxygen cylinders, ECG machines, defibrillators, oxygen concentrates, CPR machines, X-ray machines, ventilators, resuscitation sets have been installed and all required medicines are available are the hospital in cases of emergencies.