Frisking, Checking Returns To Valley Ahead Of I-Day

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SK Stadium turned into fortress, DGP said ‘police is alert’ 

SRINAGAR — Ahead of August 15, government forces on Wednesday intensified checking and frisking in the capital city and other parts of Kashmir.

Security measures were especially stepped up as militants struck on Sunday in Batmaloo locality of the city which is a short distance from the venue of August 15 parade.

“Stringent security measures have been put in place. The police is alert”, director general of police (DGP) S P Vaid told reporters here.

The police and other security forces will ensure that the people celebrate Independence Day without any fear, Vaid said.

Referring to the anti-militancy operation at Batamaloo here, yesterday, the DGP said police was alert and had information on the presence of militants in the area.

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The militants managed to escape because of the congested locality, but they are injured. “We did not want any collateral damage”, he said.

A police official said huge number of security men have been stationed near important function areas. The venues have also been sealed, the official said.

The Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar, where Governor N N Vohra will unfurl the Tricolour as part of the main Independence Day event, has been turned into a virtual fortress, the official said.

He added that the security apparatus is not taking any chances after yesterday’s encounter with militants.

The usual security drill is being followed, but some extra measures have been put in place to ensure the day passes peacefully, he said.

A number of check-points have been set up at various junctions and main entry-points to Srinagar, further vehicles are being checked routinely, the official said.

Meanwhile, a full-dress rehearsal for the Independence Day celebration was held today at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took salute at the march past, a police spokesman said.

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He said top officials from the civil and police administration were present for the dress rehearsal.

Vohra Briefed About Batamaloo Gunfight

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan, ADGP Law and Order Muneer Ahmad Khan, and IGP Kashmir S.P. Pani called on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan on Monday.

The ADGP briefed Governor about the details of the counter-militancy operation in Batmaloo area on Sunday morning and the surveillance arrangements which have since been enhanced in the entire city and beyond. Baseer Khan and Pani briefed Governor about the arrangements which have been put in place for the Independence Day Celebrations on 15th August, the official added.  (With Inputs From PTI)

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