Security beefed up across Valley
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Jan 25: With strict security arrangements put in place ahead of January 26, Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley Friday witnessed thin movement of people and transport despite Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).
Frisking, random search operations and checking of identity cards by police and paramilitary forces were witnessed at several places in Srinagar and reports of similar exercises were received from other towns of valley.
Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in strength at Bakshi Stadium, the main venue of the Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar. Security has also been tightened in all districts even as separatists called for observing black day tomorrow (Saturday). Additional security forces personnel were seen deployed in Srinagar streets and other major towns of valley. In Srinagar, joint contingents of police and CRPF were witnessed frisking the vehicles and pedestrians. They were checking the identity cards and luggage of pedestrians.
The vigil has also been beefed up at vital installations in Srinagar and other towns of valley. Additional contingents of police and CRPF have been deployed at vital installations.
The area around the stadium Friday witnessed uneasy calm as hundreds of police and paramilitary forces were seen patrolling the area. A search operation was also carried in the adjoining localities of the stadium. Sharp shooters have been deployed at buildings around the stadium to meet any eventuality.
A senior police officer associated with security said that three-tier security arrangements have been put in place for the function at Bakshi Stadium. He said that snifer dogs, Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs), high-tech access control equipment and human surveillance are in place to secure the area. “The movement of everybody is being closely monitored,” he said.
Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Jehangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Maisuma, Dalgate and other area of Srinagar to thwart any untoward incident.
Due to the heightened security scenario, the roads in Srinagar witnessed thin movement of people and transport. “From Parimpora to Lal Chowk my vehicle was checked thrice by police and CRPF,” said Muhammad Yaseen of HMT area of Srinagar. “Even they check the documents of vehicle. Many other vehicles were in queue for security check,” he added. Similar reports were received from civil and old Srinagar areas of Srinagar.
Police and CRPF had erected check post at various places on entrance and exit points of Srinagar. At these check points, the traffic coming from other districts was being thoroughly checked.
Security has also been beefed up in north Kashmir areas of Sopore, Kupwara, Baramulla Bandipora and Handwara.
South Kashmiris districts of Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad (Anantnag) and Kulgam also witnessed tight security.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST
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