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Amarnath yatra: Home Secy designate briefs political parties
NEW DELHI, Jul 15: Rajiv Gauba, Home Secretary designate, briefed leaders of 11 political parties on the update of Amarnath Yatra – 2017 today.

Since the start of the Yatra on 29th June, 2017 till yesterday, l,86,000 yatris had darshan so far and yatra will go on till 7th August, 2017 as scheduled. Last year 2.21 lakh yatris visited the shrine during the entire yatra period.

On the security side, it was informed that more than two hundred additional companies of CAPFs and 3 additional battalions of army were provided for the yatra this year. The security arrangements have been reviewed regularly at the Centre and State level.

The unfortunate terrorist attack on Amaranth Yatris took place on a bus with driver Salim Sheikh carrying 61 yatris on July 10, 2017. Seven yatris were killed out of which six were women. 21 yatris got injured out of which 12 were women. The Government of India arranged the airlifting of the dead bodies and injured persons on July 11, 2017 through special IAF plane.

After the incident, security arrangements have been reviewed again and are being closely monitored by the Centre and the State Government. MoS (PMO) Dr. Jitendra Singh and MoS (Home) Hansraj Gangaram Ahir visited Srinagar on July 11, 2017 to meet the injured persons and review the security situation. DG, CRPF was also there in Srinagar.

All political parties condemned the attack.

Leaders from Shiromani Akali Dal, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, Indian National Lok Dal, Janata Dal (Secular), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Communist Party of India, Sikkim Democratic Front, National People’s Party, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Bodoland People’s Front and Republican Party of India.

Yesterday, leaders from the INC, AIADMK, JD(U), AITMC, TDP, Shiv Sena, TRS, CPI(M), YSR Congress Party, DMK, BSP, SP and NCP attended the all-party meeting.

News Updated at : Sunday, July 16, 2017
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