Within hours of terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir that left seven pilgrims dead and several injured, the Delhi police issued an advisory putting the Capital on high alert and advising security cover for Kanwar Yatra. The yatra started on Monday where thousands of devotes will undertake the annual pilgrimage on foot from Haridwar and pass Delhi till July 21.
According to the advisory issued by anti-terror unit special cell’s DCP, Pramod Kuswah, ‘special anti terror’ arrangements have been advised for Kanwar Yatra. “In view of the terrorist attack at Anantnag on pilgrims and security forces during the Amarnath Yatra, it is advised that proper anti-terror arrangements should be put in place at all vital installations, business establishments and other vulnerable targets, including crowded markets, malls, religious places, metro stations, airport, railway stations…” the advisory reads.
The DCP has also instructed the local police to put quick reaction teams on the route.
Police sources said commandos will guard the routes across parts of north and north east Delhi, from where Kanwars enter the city. Temporary towers with snipers will also be placed on the route along with SWAT vehicles, which will be able to deal with any situation.