Vaishno Devi pilgrim injured due to landslide, rain hits chopper service
GJ Report
Jammu, Jul 12 : A woman pilgrim today got injured when landslide took place en route Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Cave Shrine in Trikuta Hills of mountainous Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile chopper service from Katra to Sanjichhat also remained suspended due to rains and foggy weather.
“A woman suffered minor injuries due to landslide hit near Darshani Deodi at Katra,” police sources here said.
They said that the lady pilgrim was shifted to the hospital where she was given first aid, adding, “three auto-rickshaws also suffered damaged due to landslide but no major damage was reported.”
He further said that in view of dense fog in the Trikuta Hills, the chopper service also remained suspended throughout day.
“The service will resume only after weather improves,” he added and said that the yatra is going on smoothly on both the tracks.
Enforce security plans vigorously: Govt tells J&K forces
NEW DELHI, Jul 12: Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told by the Centre to implement security plans with full vigour.
The directive from the central government came in the wake of the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims in a terror attack on Monday.
Security agencies were told to implement the security plans vigorously, a home ministry official said, indicating that the anti-militancy operations will be intensified.
Two central ministers – Jitendra Singh and Hansraj Ahir, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, and CRPF DGP R R Bhatnagar have visited the Kashmir Valley in the last two days.
The instructions have been given to all forces engaged in anti-militancy operations, the official said.
Highest level of alert has already been sounded across Jammu and Kashmir while Amarnath pilgrims will be provided enhanced security along the two pilgrimage routes.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and ordered enhanced security for the Amarnath Yatra following the terror attack on devotees.
The home minister took stock of the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley, particularly on the routes to the shrine located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet, during an hour-long meeting. Sources said Singh had directed the officials to ensure enhanced security for the pilgrims. The pilgrimage started on June 29 and will conclude on August 7. As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year. (Agencies)
Restrictions in old Srinagar after local militant killed
GJ Report
Jammu, Jul 12 : Authorities today imposed restrictions in several parts of the old city after a militant from downtown Malaratta was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir’s Budgam district. Although police did not spell out the reason for the sudden restrictions in five police station areas of the old city, administration officials said they apprehended violent protests following the killing of Sajid Ahmad Gilkar.
“Restrictions have been imposed in the police station areas of Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Nowhatta and Khanyar as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” a police official said.
Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including Gilkar, was killed after an overnight gunbattle with security forces in Budgam’s Redbugh area this morning, police said.
His body is lying in police control room and will be handed over to his family later in the day.