‘Bharat Jodo Yatra Organisers Didn’t Intimate About Large Gathering’: J&K Police Deny Lapse

The J&K Police on Friday denied any security lapse during the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra when it entered the Kashmir Valley after Congress alleged mismanagement of crowd by the administration. In a statement, J&K Police said the organisers of the march did not intimate them about a large gathering from Banihal joining the Yatra.

“Only authorised persons as identified by organisers and frisked crowd was allowed inside towards the route of Bharat Jodo Yatra. Organisers and managers of BJY did not intimate about large gathering from Banihal joining the Yatra,” J&K Police said.

The police further stated that full security arrangements were in place during the yatra route.

“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,” J&K Police said.

Police said they were not consulted before taking any decision on discontinuation of the yatra after marching for 1 km by organizers. “The rest of yatra continued peacefully. There was no security lapse at all,” police said.

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