A high-level security meeting will be held in the Northern Bloc on Tuesday amid targeted attacks on minorities and foreign workers in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting will be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and J&K LG Manoj Sinha along with senior officials in the administration. Dilbag Singh, Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, and Special DG CID Rashmi Ranjan Swain will also attend the meeting.
The J&K administration will present the action plan taken by them to get the minority and the next Amarnath Yatra.
“The recent targeted killings in the Kashmir Valley have proved that plans to protect minorities require rejig. So the Kashmir Pandits will be relocated to get the district and tehsil headquarters,” said a senior official in the J&K administration.
LG said he had set up a special cell for PM package workers at the LG secretariat to look into the grievances of Pandit Kashmir workers.
The cell will coordinate with the district administration and other departments to resolve all issues. Additional secretary Akshay Labroo will serve as the cell’s nodal officer, he said, adding that Home Minister Amit Shah will be briefed on all the recent decisions as well.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and heads of all the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Central Intelligence agencies as well as other senior Home Ministry officials are also expected to attend the meeting.
Officials claim that Amarnath Yatra will be historic and the administration has not left any stone to ensure the safety of every yatri who visits the sacred cave. About 6-8 lakh pilgrims are expected to go to darshan this year.
“This year not only vehicles but also all yatris will be given Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for security reasons,” said a senior official, who did not want to be named.
According to him, this RFID will be provided by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). “Previously only vehicles were provided with RFID but this year every Yatri will get one RFID,” he explained, adding RFID to vehicles provided by CRPF.
Security agencies have been on high alert since two Jaish terrorists were shot dead in Jammu ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.
Last week, four passengers were killed and at least 20 others injured when the bus they were traveling in caught fire near Katra in Jammu.
The incident of the burning bus carrying the Vaishno Devi congregation further increased the alert.
“The sticky bomb was planted near a bus fuel tank full of pilgrims,” said a source.
This year Amarnath yatra will start on June 30 and end on August 11.