Amarnath Yatra begins amid tight security

June 17th, 2008 - 10:59 am ICT by ANI  

Jammu, June 17 (ANI): The first batch of 2500 Amarnath pilgrims began their pilgrimage to the holy shrine early this morning amidst tight security.
Security forces have been put on a high alert along the entire route of the Amarnath yatra to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.
The batch left from the Jammu base camp in the shadow of a three-tier security that will see deployment of over 6000 CRPF men.
The security setup consists of area domination and setting up of mountain posts by Army, deployments of CRPF and mobile patrolling by armed police.
The CRPF has deployed 50 companies comprising 6250 men and officers while the Army has set up 97 area domination posts in and around the shrine in Lidder valley of south Kashmir Himalayas, besides Pahalgam and along the highway in Anantnag, Ramban and Udhampur districts.
Base camps have also been established at Nunwan near Pahalgam and Chandanwari.
Over 150,000 pilgrims registered so far across different centres in the country for the pilgrimage.
Every year, a large number of devotees trek the steep, slippery 48-km route to reach the Amarnath cave shrine, which stands at a height of nearly 12,500 feet above sea level. (ANI)

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