J&K issues an advisory for tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to leave the ‘Valley’ immediately
Started from July 1, the Amarnath Yatra was scheduled to end on August 15 this year. But, this 45 days long yatra has been curtailed two weeks before because of terror threat in the valley. The Jammu and Kashmir government asked Amarnath Yatris and tourists to “immediately” curtail their yatra and leave the valley.
This news has spread the panic among tourists and Yatris. Indian Army blamed Pakistan for trying to disrupt peace in the valley.
Panic after state home ministry order which asks tourists and pilgrims visiting Kashmir to return forthwith. Locals queue up outside petrol pumps to tank up, stores to pick provision. Utter chaos on Srinagar roads as people complain of no reassuring words from higher ups. pic.twitter.com/QK8IfmRMfc— Mufti Islah (@islahmufti) August 2, 2019
People at social media questioning on the safety of local Kashimiri residents as the advisory committee issued the letter mentioned only Amarnath Yatris and Tourists.
Complete chaos on the streets of Srinagar. People rushing to ATMs, petrol pumps & stocking up on essential supplies. Is GOI only concerned about the safety of yatris while Kashmiris have been left to their own devices?— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) August 2, 2019
Yatris and tourists advised to leave Valley as soon as possible. What about local Kashmiris? Whats their destiny? Will someone please enlighten us?— Harinder Baweja (@shammybaweja) August 2, 2019
Trying to find words to describe what this government is doing in – and to – Kashmir. Reckless and cruel come to mind.— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) August 2, 2019
Leave Kashmir valley at once, Govt tells tourists, Amarnath pilgrims amidst terror threat warning. Panic buttons being pressed? Guess the ‘real’ warning on the economy will now once again be lost amidst the screaming headlines!— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) August 2, 2019
For the security purpose, Lt. Gen. KJS Dhillon said that they have carried out search operations to counter any possible attack. The advisory issue came, soon after the Indian Army discovered multiple weapons including a landmine and a sniper rifle on the route of the Amarnath Yatra.
#NewsAlert – In the last few days, we have got inputs about terror activities targeting the Amarnath yatra. We have carried out search operations to counter any possible attack: Lt. Gen. KJS Dhillon (GOC 15 Corps). pic.twitter.com/SBMd5lDFij— News18 (@CNNnews18) August 2, 2019
#BreakingNews | "Both routes leading to #AmarnathCave are still being sanitized. Our forces are on the job": Army and the police held a joint press meet in Srinagar.— NDTV (@ndtv) August 2, 2019
Read here https://t.co/ErtpDHTjIS pic.twitter.com/QAVbCmH6at
Srinagar: In view of the ongoing situation in Kashmir valley, Government has put the Air Force and the Army on high operational alert. https://t.co/pt36FNkC3g— ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2019
People were advised to maintain calm and keep trust on the security forces.