Frisking Intensifies as January 26 Approaches

Srinagar:Ahead of the January 26 functions, armed security forces have been put on alert in Srinagar where motorists faced a tough time getting frisked at almost every chowk where nakas were established.

Roads leading to Bakshi Stadium, where main function in the valley will be held, and nearby Iqbal Park were thoroughly searched using metal detectors and sniffer dogs.

Security forces and J&K police personnel are conducting random searches of vehicles and frisking people at different places in Srinagar to foil any militant attempt to enter the city ahead of January 26 celebrations.

Though there are no inputs about any attempt by militants to disturb the function, but security forces are not taking any chance, officials said. However, they said some militants could try to sneak and smuggle in arms and ammunition into the city and try to cause disturbances.

They said security forces and state police personnel are conducting random searches of vehicles, entering the city from outskirts.

Security naka’s had been established at Hyderpora bypass, where all vehicles, including two-wheelers, were being searched.

The identity cards of those travelling in these vehicles or riding two wheelers were also checked before allowing them to move towards the city.

Similar operations were also being conducted at other places in the city.

Forces and police personnel also conducted frisking of pedestrians at several places in the city.

Meanwhile, metal detectors and sniffer dogs were used by bomb disposal squads to check for any explosive device in and around Bakshi Stadium.

“It is a normal procedure. We are checking for any explosive device in and around Baskhi stadium so that the RD function is carried about successfully,” sources said (With inputs from UNI).

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