Jammu & Kashmir

Use CCTVs, drones to monitor situation during Amarnath yatra: DGP to officials

CCTV camera installed alongside a road on an electric pole in Kashmir. [FPK Photo / Umar Farooq]

Srinagar: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Thursday chaired a meeting of Kashmir zone senior police officers at PHQ and reviewed preparedness of arrangements and deployment of armed forces personnel for the annual Amarnath yatra.

Speaking on the occasion, the DGP directed armed forces for elaborate arrangements to ensure secure and peaceful conduct of Amarnath yatra, a police spokesperson said in a statement.

He said that all the arrangements for the deployment and distribution of manpower need to be “synchronized” at different levels for the conduct of the yatra.

Singh said that adequate and effective deployments should be made on ground to address any vulnerability and to gaps if any.

He directed the officers to fine tune these at sectoral level to augment an adequate response to any exigency. He emphasized for focus on ROPs, lateral deployment, QRTs, BD squad and added that adequate manpower has to be deployed to accomplish the task. He directed for placing additional Naka points at sensitive places, the spokesperson said.

The DGP stressed upon the officers present in the meeting to maintain close coordination with their ranks and other armed forces to achieve better results and called for an effective mechanism and planning for smooth and peaceful conduct of the Yatra.

“He emphasized upon officers for special focus on sensitive locations and base camps while putting in place the arrangements,” the statement said.

The top police officer also directed for making use of modern tools like CCTV cameras, drones to monitor the situation during the Yatra. He said that adequate arrangements with regard to disaster management should be made to tackle any natural calamity.

DGP said that internet network facilities has been elaborately done on most of the areas enroute yatra and directed that police control rooms should be highly technically equipped. “He directed for publicity of the helpline numbers/assistance booths of JK so that yatris could identify them easily if encountering any issue or problem.”

He directed for providing best possible boarding, lodging and other facilities for the armed forces deployed during the yatra.

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