Polls To Be Held Under Heightened Security


Srinagar: Security arrangements have been tightened for the polling in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency, where frisking and search operations are back in view of recent sprung in militant attacks and election boycott call by separatists.

The separatist organisations have issued a poll boycott call and militant activities have also witnessed increase during the past fortnight in the valley, particularly in summer capital, Srinagar and south Kashmir, where polling in Anantnag parliamentary seat will be held on April 12.

However, different security agencies, particularly Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir police, too have also intensified their patrolling and checking to foil any militant attempt to smuggle arms and ammunition in poll areas.        

Majority of the separatist leaders, including from both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), remained either under house arrest or detention in police station and jails to prevent them from holding anti-poll campaign.

Though hundreds of security forces and state police personnel are already deployed to prevent any militant attack and demonstrations, additional paramilitary forces have been rushed to poll duty in Srinagar constituency.

Security forces have put up naka checking at several places in the city and outskirts to foil any attempt by militants to enter the city.

A naka checking was established at Rammunshi Bagh and all vehicles entering the city through high security zone Sonawar and Gupkar road were being searched properly and those travelling in them were being frisked and their identity cards checked before allowing them to go.

“We have orders to check vehicles before allowing them to enter the city to stop militants from entering the city and create any problem during polling scheduled to be held tomorrow,” security force official told UNI.

Similarly, another naka was established on Moulana Azad road near Banquet hall, where passenger and other vehicles besides two-wheelers were being stopped and properly searched. Passengers were being allowed to go only after checking their identity cards.

Additional security forces and state police personnel remained deployed on both sides of roads in the city to maintain law and order and prevent any attempt by militants to smuggle arms and ammunition into city.

Security forces were also seen conducting similar checking at Batmaloo, Hyderpora and other places in the city.


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