SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Jan 24: Authorities have beefed up security ahead of R-Day celebrations across the Valley. Searches and frisking have been intensified.
The police and CRPF personnel at many places in Srinagar city were seen carrying out through frisking of light vehicles. The documents of bikes were also being checked.
Vehicles entering the city from outskirts were also being searched at different places and travelers frisked and their identity cards properly checked.
“Though there is no particular information about militant threat to cause disturbances during R-Day function but we have to make sure that arms and ammunition are not smuggled into the city,” a senior police officer told Greater Kashmir. He added that forces are conducting random searches of vehicles instead of stopping every vehicle which crosses the area. “So far nothing was recovered,” the officer said adding the searches will continue till late in the night and tomorrow morning also.
The officer said sharp shooters would remain deployed on high rise buildings while a close watch will be maintained through Close Circuit Cameras (CCC) installed in Srinagar, where the main R-Day function would be held at Bakshi Stadium Saturday.
Meanwhile, official sources said that full dress rehearsal of the R-Day parade was held at Bakshi stadium amidst tight security on Thursday.
They said Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Hussain Samoon took salute at the march past by contingents of various wings of police, CRPF and school children.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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