Kashmir under thick security cover

Thin movement of people and public transport was witnessed in and around LalChowk—Srinagar’s city center—on Sunday even as most shops and business establishments there remained closed.

Shabir Ibn Yusuf
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 25 2015 9:52PM | Updated Date: Jan 25 2015 9:52PM
Kashmir under thick security coverPhoto: Habib Naqash

An uneasy calm prevailed in Srinagar and other towns of Kashmir on Sunday as the security apparatus tightened its grip over several areas ahead of January 26.

With cops of J&K police and paramilitary forces intensifying checking and frisking in city areas, people preferred to stay indoors to avoid the inconvenience.
Thin movement of people and public transport was witnessed in and around LalChowk—Srinagar’s city center—on Sunday even as most shops and business establishments there remained closed.
Deployment of forces was seen after every 200 to 300 meters, with cops carrying out checking of vehicles and pedestrians.
The Sunday Market also witnessed thin participation of customers.
Police said an alert has already been sounded across Kashmir to foil any untoward incident. “Tight security arrangements are in place to ensure smooth conduct of official January 26 functions,” said a senior police official.
He said vigil has been beefed up in Srinagar and other towns of Kashmir. Additional contingents of 
police and CRPF have also been deployed at vital installations, he said.
He said sharp shooters have been deployed at buildings around Srinagar’s BakshiStaidum, the main venue for R-day function.
“Three-tier security is in place at Bakshi Stadium. Sniffer dogs, Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs), high-tech access control equipment and human surveillance are in place to secure the area. The movement of people is being closely monitored,” he said.
Security has also been beefed up in north Kashmir areas including Sopore, Kupwara, BaramullaBandipora and Handwara.
Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad (Anantnag) and Kulgam districts of South Kashmir also witnessed tight security, reports said.
Director General Police (DGP) K Rajendra said adequate security arrangements have been made and forces are “fully prepared to deal with any eventuality.”
Kashmir’s separatist leaders have called for complete shutdown on January 26.