Frisking, Checking Increases as 15 August Nears

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Srinagar: With August 15 approaching Kashmir Valley has again come under severe clampdown with police and paramilitary forces out in strength frisking pedestrians and checking vehicles in the streets.

Authorities have sounded high alert while tight security arrangements have been made in and around Bakhshi stadium where the main function of I-Day will be held.

Apart from Bakhshi stadium security has been beefed up in entire valley.

Sources said that Police, paramilitary forces have intensified patrolling. Vehicle checking has also been intensified and pedestrians are being frisked. People are also being asked for their identity cards.

Police says that high security arrangements have been put in place and the senior police officers have been assigned the job of monitoring the suspicious movement in the city.

“Sharp shooters will take up positions atop surrounding buildings around stadium,” police said.

In Srinagar policemen joined by CRPF troopers had erected barricades at various points to carry out frisking and searches of the people and vehicles. Vehicles coming from other districts were being checked at Parimpora, Bemina,Qamrwari and other places.

The I-Day functions would also be held at district headquarters including Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Anantnag, Shopian and Budgam.

Police and paramilitary CRPF troopers have been asked to remain on high alert in the districts to avoid and untoward incident.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Jehangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Maisuma, Dalgate and other area of Srinagar to thwart any untoward incident. Armored vehicles of police and paramilitary forces were seen at many road junctions.

Security has also been beefed up in north Kashmir areas of Sopore, Kupwara, Baramulla Bandipora and Handwara. Army also carried out checking of vehicles in different areas.
Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad (Anantnag) and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir also witnessed tight security.

Meanwhile when contacted senior officials of the police said that they are taking all the proactive measures to ensure that the celebrations of I-Day pass off peacefully and the Security forces have been alerted to prevent any untoward incident.

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