Security beefed up in Jammu ahead of R-day
Jammu, Jan 20: Unprecedented security arrangements have been put in place in the winter capital ahead of January 26.
Authorities have deployed hundreds of police and paramilitary CRPF troopers across the city to thwart any possible militant attack. “Security has been beefed up in view of potential militant threat and intelligence inputs. The intelligence wings of army and police have warned that militants were planning to carry out a major strike in Jammu on R-day,” a senior police official wishing not to be named told Greater Kashmir.
Police during the last week have raided many hotels and internet cafés to look for suspects. “Owners of these business establishments have been asked to keep a record of the addresses and phone numbers of visitors,” sources said.
Police have set up barricades at exit and entry points of the city and every vehicle entering or leaving the area is being checked. “Stringent security measures have been put in place around the Raj Bhawan, Civil Secretariat, Police headquarters, Railway Station, Airport and other vital installations to avoid any untoward incident,” a police officer said.
Moulana Azad Stadium, where the official function is scheduled to be held, has been turned into a garrison. Sniffer dogs have been pressed into service to detect any explosives in the area.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jammu-Kathua range, Farooq Khan, confirmed that additional deployment of police and paramilitary troopers had been made for the smooth conduct of January 26 functions.
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