Kashmir police deny ‘security lapse’ in Bharat Jodo Yatra

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Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday said there was no security lapse in the Bharat Jodo Yatra after Rahul Gandhi accused the police and administration of security breach during the Yatra at Qazigund.

In a statement, a spokesperson said police was consulted before taking any decision on discontinuing the Yatra after conducting 1 Km Yatra by the organisers.

Police also said only authorised persons as identified by organisers & frisked crowd was allowed inside towards the route of Yatra.

“Organisers & managers of BJY did not intimate about large gathering from Banihal joining the Yatra, which thronged near the starting point,” it said.

It further said full security arrangements were in place including 15 Coys of CAPFs and 10 Coys of JKP, comprising of ROPs and QRTs, route domination, lateral deployment and SFs were deployed for high-ridge and other deployments.

“JKP was not consulted before taking any decision on discontinuation of Yatra after conducting 1 km Yatra by organizers. Rest of Yatra continued peacefully. There was no security lapse at all. We will provide foolproof security,” the police said.

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