Handwara Tense After Militant Strike

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SRINAGAR: A day after the killing of two policemen in Handwara, police and security agencies have launched a hunt to trace the red van which was allegedly used by militants to carry out attack on Saturday. 

Police called dozens of drivers in police stations to enquire about the matter; however no one has been arrested so far.

Meanwhile security across the North Kashmir has been beefed up to thwart any more militant attack in coming days.

Police, paramilitary forces and Army have intensified patrolling in North Kashmir especially in Handwara Town. Vehicle checking has also been intensified and pedestrians are being frisked. People are also being asked for their identity cards.

Tight security arrangements were made in Handwara and no vehicle was allowed to ply while Army convoy was on its way to base camp. Handwara market was cordoned and security personnel along with Amy jawans were deployed in strength to pave safe passage for the Army convoy.

“We are on the job and hopefully the police will trace the red van that was used for the attack. We had called dozens of drivers to police station and we questioned them. We are planning to call those persons who drive red light motor vehicles,” Superintendent of Police, Handwara, Mohammad Aslam told CNS.

Police and security personnel were seen stopping vehicles, checking their documents and identity cards. Shopkeepers were not allowed to take their stock out of the shop and footpaths were all cleared not allowing any vendor to do business there.

Meanwhile, Additional Director General Police, Law and Order, K. Rajendra had an important meeting at Police Lines Handwara in which top police official participated. (CNS)

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