On Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh directed security forces to take all necessary measures for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra, which will commence in June.

A police spokesman said the DGP visited Ganderbal in central Kashmir and reviewed the district’s security scenario and the preparedness for the pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine.

Singh directed the officers to prepare and take all necessary measures for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the Shri Amarnathji Yatra. “All the measures should be taken with regard to the security and logistics point of view. Police headquarters will provide all the necessary support system for the conduct of peaceful yatra,” he said.

Chairing an officers’ meeting, the DGP commended the work and role of the district police in maintaining peace and order and in curbing the nefarious designs of anti-national elements. However, he directed them to be more vigilant and keep pressure on the anti-national elements and their supporters.

Singh stressed upon the officers to identify the people and OGWs who support the anti-national elements and help in sustaining the terror eco-system. He appreciated the recent successes of J-K Police and other security forces against terrorism in different encounters. However, he emphasised that while dealing with any anti-militancy activities and law and order scenario, civilian convenience and security should always be kept in mind to the best possible extent.

Furthermore, he directed the officers to continue to maintain cordial relations with the general public and stressed organising police-community partnership group meetings at the local level.

During the meeting, the spokesman said the SSP Ganderbal and other officers briefed the DGP regarding the ground situation and security measures taken in the district for peace and order.