With over two lakh pilgrims having registered for the annual pilgrimage of Amarnath high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, vehicles tagged with electromagnetic chips, bike and bullet-proof SUV police convoys and scores of bullet-proof bunkers have been deployed for security purpose.
The administration and the security forces have claimed it to be part of biggest-ever security blanket aimed at securing pilgrims on their way to Amarnath Yatra.
The Yatra began today.
Sources have estimated that around 40,000 armed CRPF and state police personnel have been deployed on the yatra routes from Jammu via Pahalgam and Baltal.
Many of the security personnel will be also with their armoured vehicles.
Apart from boots on ground, the security forces have also deployed a huge assortment of CCTV cameras and drones assisted by mounted Army columns.
The CRPF road clearing parties will keep sweeping yatra roads against possible improvised explosive device (IEDs) threats to yatra convoys from early morning till late evening, it was informed.
The first batch of pilgrims wad flagged of from the Bhagwati Nagar camp in Jammu at 04:45 am today and they will start their journey to the cave shrine from Baltal and Pahalgam routes tomorrow.
Officials said a total of 1,904 pilgrims including 330 women and 30 children were part of this batch.>