Amarnath pilgrims to be out
TOURISTS, PILGRIMS TOLD TO EXIT J&K
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Tourists and the Amarnath pilgrims were directed to “curtail their stay in Jammu & Kashmir.
- Recently, Delhi dispatched about 10,000 soldiers to the valley which the officials termed as a move to strengthen the counter-insurgency operation in Kashmir and maintaining overall security.
- But in less than a week, an additional 25,000 soldiers to the restive region, fueling wild speculation.
- Among these 35000 troops, the soldiers who were held in Amarnath Yatra, was made to engaged in this. With this move the Yatra was stopped till August 4.
- In this situation, the J&K administration curtailed the Amarnath yatra and asked the pilgrims and the tourists to leave Kashmir ASAP because citing the latest intelligence inputs of the terror threats in the Kashmir Valley.
- The Amarnath yatra was supposed to continue till August 15 but in view of the security threat, it has been curtailed.
- Meanwhile, several civilian installations were evacuated in the Valley for troop accommodation, sparking a fresh wave of panic.
- The security threat has been issued just hours after the Indian Army recovered a Pakistan Ordnance factory anti-personnel mine from a terror cache.
- The Army also said that terrorists from Pakistan “are plotting to carry out an attack on the ongoing Amarnath yatra.
- Earlier in the day, following specific intelligence inputs., General Officer Commanding (GOC), 15 Corps, Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, revealed that an anti-personnel landmine was found during the searches on the twin routes to the Amarnath shrine.
- The landmine bore the marks of a Pakistan ordnance factory. A US (M-24) sniper rifle was also in the cache of arms recovered.
- The Pakistan Army and terrorists are desperate to disrupt peace in J&K. Searches on the trek routes and the highways are going on
- In response to this, The Army officer warned Pakistan of “serious action” in case it resorted to ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) or infiltration bids in J&K.
- Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) attacks were emerging as “pronounced threat” of late as 10 such attacks were reported since the Pulwama attack in February.
- 83% local terrorists killed this year were once stone pelters.
- An officer said, “If your son is throwing stones today for Rs. 500, then he is tomorrow’s terrorist. Sixty four percent local militants get killed within a year of their joining”.
- The situation creates, panic over the peoples of Kashmir. They find it difficult to access their essentials like Fuel, Medicine, ATM, etc.,
- Amarnath cave at an altitude of 3888m is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India.
- The shrine forms a significant part of Hinduism, and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. Snowy mountains surround the cave.
- The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims.
- Thousands of Hindu devotees begin the Yatra at the month of July to see an ice stalagmite formed inside the cave. This is the only time in the whole year when Lord Shiva appears on the earth in the unique form of an ice Lingam.
- The significance of this cave was not only by the creation of natural Shivalinga but also here Lord Shiva told the story of immortality to Goddess Parvathi.
- Therefore, it is believed that Lord Shiva remains in the Amarnath cave. Goddess Parvathi Peeth is located in the cave and is one of the 51 Shakti Peetas.
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