Valley Turns Into Garrison, Forces On High Alert

Srinagar: Amid tight security vigil, January 26 function are being organized all across Jammu and Kashmir today on Thursday.

A police official said that all arrangements have been made to celebrate January 26 functions all across Kashmir and to conduct these functions smoothly and peacefully; police and security personnel have been put on high alert.

The two major functions will be held in the capital city of Srinagar and Jammu, where the contingents of police, paramilitary troopers, young cadets and school children will stage performances to mark the functions.

Sources informed that Minister for Roads and Buildings Abdul Rehman Veeri will unfurl the “tricolour” and take the salute in highly secured Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar, while in winter capital Jammu, Governor NN Vohra will hoist the “tricolour” and take the salute of the march past in Maulana Azad stadium.

Even as Kashmir valley witnessed bone-chilling cold, the security forces were seen frisking people and cheking vehicles across the lenghth and breadth. Even members from the press fraternity were severely frisked when they were on way to their homes for last two days.

Officials said that security has been beefed up all across state, days before the celebrations to keep militants at bay from disrupting the official functions. Highly trained commandoes have been deployed in and around Bakshi Stadium to keep a strict vigil.

Various residential houses located around Bakshi Stadium have been occupied by security personnel while various security personnel were seen patrolling on the roof tops of these houses.

Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed on the roads across state in full strength and bullet proof bunkers have also been erected in the middle of the roads outside venues of official functions to prevent any possible attack. Iqbal Park according to reports has been closed for public parking areas at the Bakshi Stadium, venue of the main January 26 function in Srinagar.

Sources said that the mobile telephone services across the region will be jammed till Thursday afternoon as a security measure to prevent militants from using mobile phones to trigger explosive devices or pass on information. The connectivity according to sources will be restored late afternoon after the culmination of the official functions.

Reports said that on Wednesday amid chill and snowfall, police and security personnel conducted surprise checking in different parts of Kashmir valley. Bikers and pedestrians were frisked while at a number of places in Srinagar city the identity cards of commuters were checked.

A top police official said that the security apparatus is in place to thwart any untoward incident.” (With inputs from CNS)

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