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Indian Army to Provide Security to Pilgrims Visiting Amarnath

Srinagar, July 20: The Indian army will assist civil administration in
ensuring safety and security of pilgrims likely to visit the holy
shrine of Amarnath in Kashmir next month.
        Though there was no formal request from the administration in
this regard, the army had moved in to scan the area from Pahalgam to
the shrine to ensure safety of the the devotees, Brigadier Arjun Ray
told newspersons here.
        A Militant outfit Harkat-Ul-Ansar has threatened to disrupt the
annual pilgrimage to Amarnath if security bunkers were not removed from
Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar. Other militant outfits had extended
support to it.
        Ray said "our presence will ensure that no harm or damage is
caused to pilgrims."
        He said "troops are already stationed in Pahalgam, the base
camp for the journey. They are on alert to foil any attempt to
disrupt the pilgrimage".
        The state government has set up a committee comprising senior
officials to oversee arrangements and review the situation in view 
of the militant threat.
        Each year in the month of "Shravan" (July-Aug) thousands of
pilgrims visit the cave to offer prayers to Lord Shiva, the report

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