Media headlines grossly exaggerating militant threat to Amarnath Yatra: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, June 20 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday described as grossly exaggerated the media headlines about the Amarnath Yatra being under increased threat from militants.

"While we will take all the regular precautions with a multi layer security grid, 'yatra attack feared' headlines are a gross exaggeration," Omar wrote on Twitter.

The Chief Minister's remark comes in the wake of several high ranking officials, including Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde issuing statements about the Amarnath yatra being on militant radar in 2013.

Referring to the Unified Headquarters meeting here chaired by him yesterday, Abdullah said that the security officials told him that the threat perception to the annual pilgrimage has not increased in 2013.

Shinde has said the government is taking precautions and sending additional forces to ensure safety and security of all pilgrims visiting the 13,500 feet high Himalayan cave shrine in south Kashmir.

The army on Monday said it has received inputs that terrorists might try to disrupt the yatra.

In 2012, an estimated 6.2 lakh pilgrims visited the Amarnath shrine. (ANI)