Rajnath reviews situation of pilgrims; NSA briefs PM

Oppn asks govt to introspect security failure
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NEW DELHI
11 Jul 2017

Union home minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and ordered enhanced security for Amarnath pilgrimage in the wake of the killing of seven devotees in a terror strike.

Singh took stock of the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley, particularly the two routes to the shrine, located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet during the hour-long meeting, official sources said. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, top officials of the home ministry, intelligence agencies and central paramilitary forces attended the meeting.
Issues like security of Amarnath pilgrims and how to prevent such possible attacks in the future were discussed threadbare.
Sources said the home minister directed the officials to ensure enhanced security for the pilgrims. The pilgrimage started on June 29 and will conclude on August 7. Immediately after the meeting, the NSA briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the deliberations as well as the steps taken for the security of the Amarnath pilgrims, sources said.

A high-level central team led by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir is also visiting Jammu and Kashmir to assess the security of the pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Lord Shiva.
Director General of the CRPF, R R Bhatnagar, has already reached Srinagar to review the deployment of central forces in the pilgrimage routes. Meanwhile, Opposition parties today asked the Union government to introspect on its failure to prevent the "cowardly and ghastly" terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims despite advance intelligence inputs. Eighteen Opposition parties, which met at Parliament Library to decide on their Vice-Presidential candidate, unanimously passed a resolution against Monday's terror strike, which they termed an attack on humanity and on India's plurality and diversity.

"The government needs to introspect as to why, despite advanced intelligence inputs, was there a failure to prevent this attack?" the resolution said. "We the leaders of the Opposition parties strongly condemn the cowardly and ghastly terrorist attack on the Amarnath yatris," the resolution said.