During the tour, the Home Minister will attend a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, top civil, police and Army officers to take stock of the prevailing situation in the state, particularly after the Saturday's attack in Pulwama district.

The Union Minister is expected to be briefed about various steps being taken by the security agencies to tackle the militancy as well as infiltration from across the border, official sources said.

The Home Ministry has already directed security forces to intensify vigil in the state in the wake of reports of increase of cross border infiltration.

A three-member team, set up by the Home Minister, is currently visiting the state to look into lapses, if any, in the Pulwama incident so that corrective steps could be taken.

Top Home Ministry officials are in constant touch with Jammu and Kashmir government for ensuring security to pilgrims going to the cave shrine located in the Himalayan range at a height of 12,756 feet.

As many as 12,500 central paramilitary personnel and 8,000 state policemen will be deployed along the two routes – one from South Kashmir's Pahalgam and the other through Northeast Sonamarg.

Meanwhile, the Police Chief of Jammu region yesterday reviewed the security arrangements and instructed the force to maintain extra vigil on the national highway that leads to the Kashmir valley.

Danish Rana, Inspector General of Police (Jammu Zone), toured Kathua and Samba districts to take stock of the security arrangements in run up to the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave in Kashmir.

Keeping in view the present security scenario and inputs received from various agencies, the IGP reviewed the police and security arrangements made at Reception Centre, Lakhanpur, and at sites where langers have been established.

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