After a day’s break, the foot march along the Jammu-Pathankot highway, which had been sealed by security forces, began around 7 am from Hiranagar.
Following the twin blasts in Jammu, the Bharat Jodo Yatra, which is being led by Congressman Rahul Gandhi, resumed on Sunday from Hiranagar in the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The foot march resumed after a day’s break at around 7 am from Hiranagar near the international border along the Jammu-Pathankot highway, which had been closed off by police and other security forces.
Around 8 am, Gandhi crossed the Londi checkpoint with the help of J-K Pradesh Congress chief Vikar Rasool Wani, working president Raman Bhalla, and hundreds of volunteers carrying the tricolour. He was met by ecstatic workers and supporters who were waiting on both sides of the road.
The march will stop for the night at Chak Nanak after travelling about 25 kilometres before setting out again from Samba’s Vijaypur for Jammu, where it will arrive on Monday.
According to officials, Gandhi will be adequately protected, with the police, CRPF, and other security organisations keeping a close eye on the march to ensure peace.
Following the twin bomb explosions that occurred in the Narwal neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jammu city on Saturday that injured nine people, security has been stepped up even more throughout Jammu and Kashmir.
The twin explosions in an SUV parked in a repair shop and in a car at a nearby junkyard in Narwal’s Transport Nagar neighbourhood are believed to have been caused by IEDs.
As a result of the Congress Yatra and the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations, security agencies in the area are on high alert at the time of the terror attack.
On September 7, the march began in Kanyakumari, and on September 14, it entered Jammu and Kashmir from Punjab.
The yatra is expected to come to an end in Srinagar on January 30 with Gandhi raising the flag of the country at the Congress headquarters.