Under drone surveillance, first batch of pilgrims leaves Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

Jammu: The first batch of 2,280 pilgrims left the Jammu base camp on Wednesday for this year’s Amarnath Yatra that commences from June 29.

State Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh flagged off the first batch of pilgrims at 5 am.

The pilgrims left in as many as 72 vehicles.

Earlier on Tuesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had chaired a security review meeting in the wake of the Amarnath Yatra.

Home Secretary, Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Joint Secretary Kashmir and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials were present in the meeting.

Providing security for this year’s Yatra has been a major concern for the Home Ministry as the pilgrimage is facing a terror threat, according to an intelligence warning.

The security officials, especially the Central

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