Ahead of Jan 26, police intensifies surveillance, frisking across Kashmir

Police has intensified surveillance across Kashmir to ensure smooth January 26 functions in the Valley, a top official said on Sunday.
Ahead of Jan 26, police intensifies surveillance, frisking across Kashmir
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Police has intensified surveillance across Kashmir to ensure smooth January 26 functions in the Valley, a top official said on Sunday. The Valley has been placed under a three-tier security blanket to see to it that "no elements try to disrupt the January 26 function in any district."

Kashmir's Inspector General of Police, Syed JavaidMujtabaGillani told Greater Kashmir that though there is no specific threat ahead of January 26, "a three-tier security set-up is in place to ensure smooth conduct of official R-day functions."

He said all security arrangements have been finalized and the Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar–the main venue for January 26 function—is under strict surveillance of forces.

"Similar arrangements have been made at all other district headquarters to prevent any untoward incident," Gillani said. 

Asked whether there was any specific threat on January 26, the IGP said: "Our intelligence suggests no threat from militants. But we don't take a chance and everything has been kept in mind while drawing the security plans."

He claimed police has kept less 'naka' points in Srinagar to "ensure less security hassles for people." 

This time, he said, police has not blocked a side of the road for vehicular traffic near Baskshi Stadium.

Police sources said the Stadium has been fully sanitized with the help of sniffer dogs and IED detectors. The sharpshooters would occupy nearby houses to "keep an eye on suspects," they said.

A full-dress rehearsal for R-day function was held at the Stadium on Sunday.

A senior police officer said in Srinagar, especially in its 'sensitive areas' including LalChowk, Dalgate and JehangirChowk, at least 32 Close Circuit Television Cameras have been already installed to monitor movement of people.

In absence of the political government, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, AsgarSamoon is likely to unfurl the tri-colour at the Baskshi Stadium and also take the salute of the parade on January 26. 

Governor N N Vohra would take the salute of the parade in Jammu, official sources said.

Highways are witnessing intensified frisking operations, witnesses said.  

CRPF spokesman in Srinagar Bhavish Chaudhary said all CRPF battalions are ready to meet any eventuality. 

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