India’s so-called secular face stands exposed

Srinagar, July 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the arrangements made by the Indian authorities for the Amarnath yatris have exposed the real face of secular India.

While the Muslims in occupied Kashmir and India are not being allowed to perform their religious obligations, the Indian state leaves no stone unturned to facilitate the Hindu pilgrims during the annual Amarnath yatra that continues for several weeks.

The occupation authorities have deployed around 60,000 Indian troops on the routes of the ongoing Amarnath yatra, which commenced on July 01, an official statement said. it said that this year, no stone has been left unturned by the Indian Army’s 1-Rashtriya Rifles battalion and police to ensure clear and secure passage for yatris, especially through the sensitive Islamabad town.

“Stringent security arrangements have been put in place for smooth conduct of the annual pilgrimage. A robust security cover has been put in place, which includes satellite and chip-based tracking of vehicles and deployment of forces in various layers,” it said.

Special quick reaction teams of the Army and the CRPF are securing the highway and closed circuit cameras have been installed along the highway and at sensitive locations along the yatra routes, it added.

Pertinently, the ongoing 46-day yatra, which will conclude on August 15, has brought immense hardships for the Kashmiris as the authorities have imposed five hours ban daily from 10 AM to 03 PM on civilian traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway while allowing the vehicles carrying the yatris to ply on the road. The authorities have also ordered suspension of train service on Qazigund-Banihal track for the same hours during the yatra, thus adding further to the miseries of the Kashmiri people.


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