Army starts night dominations in sensitive areas

Arranging Meetings With Panchayat Representatives



Srinagar, Jan 16: In the wake of two recent attacks on Panchayat representatives in Sopore Tehsil of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the security agencies, particularly Army, have revived the earlier practice of area-domination through night patrolling.
Army is also seen arranging meetings with Panchayat representatives in scores of areas in Kashmir.
The practice of night patrolling is being carried out jointly by Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police in almost all parts of Kashmir. The area domination thrust is mostly in villages of Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, Handwara, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian and Tral
Reports pouring in from the villages of north Kashmir suggest that Army starts patrolling at 8 pm every day. Reminiscent of the peak militancy era, people have been asked by the Army to carry along lanterns or torches while they trek out in the evenings.
Residents of various Sopore villages, particularly Zainagair belt, where a Sarpanch was killed recently, said that joint parties of Army and police are seen in the village at 7 pm. The residents said the soldiers check their identity cards and carry out frisking. “The exercise was started the day after the two incidents of attacks on Panchayat representatives took place here,” Muhammad Iqbal, a resident of HardShiva Zainagair area told Greater Kashmir. The situation is no different in Rafiabad, Handwara, Baramulla and Bandipora.
Reports of heightened vigil also pour in from Pulwama, Shopian, Tral and Anantnag areas of south Kashmir.
From last two days, in scores of villages of north and south Kashmir, the formation commanders of Army are carrying out meeting with Panchayat representatives and senior citizens in their areas of jurisdiction.  The Army is asking the Panchayat representatives to report to police or nearest Army post in their localities in case they smell anything untoward in their areas.
Police here said that instructions have been issued to security forces for further domination in their areas of operation.
A senior police official these steps have been taken in wake of recent Sarpanch killing. “The security grid has further been strengthened,” he said.
The senior police official said that all militancy-prone areas have been identified for the high area domination purpose. “We have also to monitor the activities of Over Ground Workers (OGWs),” he said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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