SRINAGAR: A multi-layered security cover has been thrown over the capital ahead of Independence Day with thousands of police and paramilitary personnel deployed across the city to keep vigil against any possible militant strike.
Security has been stepped up following new spurt in the militant attacks across Kashmir Valley.
Militants carried out four attacks in Shopian district of south Kashmir and capital Srinagar in a span of 12 hours in which 15 persons including five security force personnel were injured.
Police and CRPF personnel have been deployed in strength across the summer capital of the state and vulnerable spots in other major towns of the Valley to thwart any attacks by the militants to disrupt the Independence Day on Saturday, a police official said.
Govt. forces have set up temporary barricades at several places in the city and elsewhere and were seen frisking passersby and checking vehicles.
A thick security blanket has been thrown around Bakshi Stadium – the main venue of the Independence Day function, where Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is scheduled to unfurl the national tricolour and take salute at the march past. The Bakshi Stadium has virtually been sealed by a large contingent of police and CRPF personnel, while special check points have been set up at various places within the city and its outskirts, especially the entry points leading to the capital.
The vehicles are being stopped for frisking of the occupants and frequent searches of pedestrians are also being conducted to ensure that no militants succeed in disrupting the functions, the official said.
The security grid is also relying on modern gadgetry like CCTV cameras and human intelligence to ensure a peaceful Independence Day, he said.
Sharp-shooters are also being deployed in sensitive areas and in this regard high-rise buildings have been identified especially around the Stadium.
There are similar arrangements in place at district headquarters where the functions are scheduled to take place, the official said, adding, security forces have been directed to remain vigilant and intensify checking to keep the militants at bay.
The separatist groups, including both the factions of Hurriyat Conference, have called for boycott of the celebrations and a general strike on August 15.
Meanwhile, full dress rehearsals for the ceremonial function were held at all the district and tehsil headquarters including the Bakshi Staidum this morning.
At the Stadium, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took salute at the march past.
Restriction in Old City from Today
Srinagar: Apprehending trouble on August 15, authorities late Thursday decided to impose restrictions in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations of downtown Srinagar besides the police station of Maisuma.
To maintain law and order, peace and tranquility in the Srinagar city, restrictions will be imposed ahead of August 15 tomorrow (Friday) on the movement of public and transport in the jurisdiction of police stations Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal and Maharaj Gunj besides Maisuma and Kralkud a top government official wished anonymity said.
He said that the decision was taken during the high level meeting between the civil administration and the Police.
When contacted Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone confirmed that to maintain law and order the restrictions will be imposed tomorrow in seven police stations.
Sources said restriction would continue on August 15, Saturday as well as separatist groups have called for strike on the day.
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