Militants' Bid To Target Yatris Foiled: Governor
18 August 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: The Governor Lt Gen (retd) S.K.Sinha today disclosed that militants had attempted to attack the Amarnath pilgrims and disrupt the yatra, but the amount of alertness and security mechanism put in place by the troops did not allow them to execute their game-plans. Sinha was addressing the troops after formally felicitating them for smooth conduct of Amarnath yatra at Pahalgam and Baltal. Expressing happiness over the smooth conduct of Amarnath pilgrimage, he said intelligence inputs had suggested that ultras were planning to attack the yatries and disrupt the pilgrimage, but they could not do so because the troops had taken all appropriate measures. 'It was a big challenge for all of us as militant organizations tried to disrupt the yatra. But their nefarious intention failed due to the timely anticipation and deployment of security forces all along the yatra', he said. Governor said they are happy that not only the Amarnath yatra, but independence day and Mela Khir Bhawani has passed off peacefully because of the measures taken by the security forces. 'This is a good sign of improvement. For that our troopsac are worth appreciation because they made all sort of arrangements to keep ultras at bay', he said. Sinha also complemented the local people who he said played an important role in ensuring the peaceful and incident-free Amarnath yatra. He sought the cooperation of the people for bringing peace and assured them that the designs of militants would be defeated. Later taking to media persons, Sinha said that an incident free Amarnth yatra, huge tourist inflow and peaceful Independence day were the indicators of a visible change. 'Peace will definitely be restored in the valley', he said. Speaking on the occasion, corps commander of Badami Bagh based 15-corps Lt Gen Nirbay Sharma said the winds of change have swept the valley and time is not far away when peace would be restored in Kashmir. Gen Sharma said there was a visible improvement in the situation and for that the credit goes to the troops and security forces. Later the governor distributed certificates among the Inspector General of BSF, Inspector General of CRPF and other security agencies form making the Amarnath yatra successful.