5000 troops for Amarnath Yatra


New Delhi, June 14: The Indian Army has re-deployed an additional 5,000 troops in the Kashmir valley in view of the Amarnarth yatra, which starts on June 29.

The Indian Army is gearing up a major task to prevent any communal flare up during the yatra that will be preceded by Eid-ul-fitr on June 26.

A total of five batalions have been moved, along with engineers, signals and Territorial Army units. One battalion will be on the Sonamarg-Baltal route to the Amarnarth shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. One battalion will be in the Pahalgam route.

The remaining battalions will be positioned along the national highway north of the Jawahar tunnel. The troops will be equipped night vision capability and tasked with securing the heights around the routes.

The CRPF is the overall incharge for conducting the Amarnarth yatra , the Army units will be incharge for preventing terrorists from interdicting the Yatra.

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