Amarnath Yatra suspended, visitors to the J&K state asked to leave the valley immediately

Amarnath Yatra suspended, visitors to the J&K state asked to leave the valley immediately

Pilgrims of the annual Amarnath Yatra, along with tourists in Jammu & Kashmir, have been asked by the government to finish-off their visit immediately. The state administration on Friday issued an advisory, asking them to leave the Valley “immediately” in view of the threat posed by terrorists.

In a security advisory addressed to the pilgrims and tourists in J&K, the state administration said: “that they may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible”.

The directive came shortly after the Army issued a press conference, claiming that they have received credible intelligence inputs of a Pakistan ploy to carry out fatal terror attacks in the route of Amarnath Yatra. Shortly after the press briefing, the government announced the suspension of the pilgrimage.

Unrest among the Kashmir residents peaked last week when the Centre decided to deploy 10,000 additional troopers following the visit of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to the state.

Amid speculations that the Narendra Modi regime is considering to quash Article 35-A of the Constitution, which guarantees special status to J&K, the Centre late on Thursday decided to dispatch additional 25,000 troopers to the Valley.

The J&K Police, however, have denied the speculation that the increased military deployment is aimed at countering unrest in wake of the rumored plan to withdraw Article 35-A.

“We’re getting inputs that violence levels are likely to be increased by militants. So, we’ve tried to strengthen the grid on the ground. Also, we’ve been told that troops must get time to relax. This is a time for turnover. But grid will be in as much active form as required,” said Dilbag Singh, DG JK Police.