Kashmir under thick security cover

Security across Kashmir was Friday beefed up to ensure hassle-free I-Day functions across the Valley on Saturday, police said.
Kashmir under thick security cover
Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

Security across Kashmir was Friday beefed up to ensure hassle-free I-Day functions across the Valley on Saturday, police said.

While curfew-like restrictions remained in place in old Srinagar areas on Friday, reports of police and paramilitary forces conducting frisking of vehicles and pedestrians came in from elsewhere, especially from major towns of south and north Kashmir.

A top police official said security has been beefed up, especially in areas around Bakhshi Stadium here, the main venue for I-Day function in Srinagar.

"Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth conduct of all official functions on August 15. Bakshi Stadium has been sanitized and all measures have been taken to prevent militants from playing any mischief," said Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Syed Javid Mujtaba Geelani.

He said though there is no specific input or threat about militants trying to strike on I-day, the "present scenario has prompted police to extra-measures."

Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed will take the salute of the I-day parade and unfurl tri-color at the Bakshi Stadium.

Sharp shooters have been placed atop buildings adjacent to the Stadium and no private vehicle will be allowed to ply on the road leading to the venue from August 14 evening, police sources said. 

They said as a security measure, mobile services will remain suspended for a few hours on Saturday "till all official functions conclude smoothly."

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