Terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen top commander Riyaz Naikoo on Wednesday, June 27, in a video which went viral on social media claimed that the pilgrims going to the Amarnath Yatra are guests and no their targets. This year 1.96 lakh pilgrims from various parts of the country have registered for Amarnath Yatra. The pilgrimage is being conducted amid massive security as the state is under Governor’s rule after the much dramatic split of BJP-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government.
As the 1st batch of pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra commenced on Wednesday, June 27, from Jammu base camp amidst tight security, terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) assured that pilgrims are the guests and not their targets. In a video clip, which went viral on social media, the chief of HM Riyaz Naikoo said, pilgrims come there for religious rituals and they are guests. He also added that the organisation has never attack Amarnath pilgrims.
“Our war is against the Indian state and not against the people of India,” the chief concluded in the video, reported Zeenews.
According to a report by TOI, 23,800 central paramilitary personnel, mostly from CRPF will observe the Yatra. The camps will be supervised by SP or SSP level officers.
There will also be aerial surveillance by drones, the report said. On Monday Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat also visited Baltal Base Camp to security arrangements for the pilgrims.
A report by Firstpost said that in 2017, nearly 80,000 pilgrims visited the shrine in the very 1st 6 days of the Yatra amid massive security.
In July 2017, at least 8 people were killed and 17 were injured on a bus which carried pilgrims. This year 1.96 lakh pilgrims from various parts of the country have registered for Amarnath Yatra.