Security beefed across south Kashmir ahead of CM’s visit

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SRINAGAR: Army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police Monday stepped up security across South Kashmir ahead of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah’s visit to the twin districts of Pulwama and Kulgam to address public gatherings.

Reports said that SOG and army this morning cordoned off Arigam village in Tral and conducted search operations. The searches were conducted in order to sanitize the area and to ensure trouble free visit of Chief Minister, Abdullah to the town, where he is expected to address a public rally at Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

Pertinently, Omar had to face embarrassment during his last rally on 22 November, when the town observed a spontaneous shutdown to protest his visit.

Besides Tral, sources said, CM will also address his workers at the party office in the main town, Pulwama.

Omar is also expected to address a public gathering in Qaimoh in the neighboring Kulgam district, where Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s rally last month drew thousands of people.

“Senior police officials also held a series of meetings to discuss the security arrangements across south Kashmir. The officers discussed about the security arrangements that need to be put in place on CM’s visit,” sources added.

In Tral, which is considered to be a very volatile town in south Kashmir, cops and CRPF troopers have been deployed in strength to maintain a tight vigil. The forces have also erected check points at many places including Kahlil road, Satura road and main town Tral where suspicious persons are being subjected to thorough frisking.

“We have made elaborate security arrangements for the CM’s visit”, a senior police official said.

 

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