Independence-Day: Heavy Security Blanket Covers Kashmir  


SRINAGAR — Authorities on Tuesday sounded a high alert across Kashmir Valley to ensure smooth conduct of August 15 functions.

“SK Stadium, the main venue in Srinagar has been sealed and all the roads leading to it stand closed for the general public,” a police officer said. “We cannot take any chance as militants are desperate to make their presence felt.”   

He said hi-tech security gadgets used for monitoring movement of suspects have been installed in and outside the stadium.  He said in Srinagar, especially its various important locations, over 50 CCTVs are functional and connected to the Police Control Room.

Governor N N Vohra would unfurl the tri-colour at stadium and also make an I-day speech.  


The state government on Friday last ordered its employees to attend main Independence Day function in Srinagar and Jammu as part of their official duty.

“Independence Day is an important national event celebrated on 15th August each year. It is duty of every government servant to attend the function which commemorate on important turning point in the history of our Nation,” a government order said. “All the officers and officials of the State Government stationed at Srinagar/Jammu are therefore enjoined upon to attend the main function of the Independence Day Celebration at the Sher-i- Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Sonawar, Srinagar Parade Ground, Jammu respectively, as a part of their official duty. Any absence will be with prior permission of their immediate superior.”

All the Administrative Secretaries, Heads of the Departments, Managing Directors/chief Executives of the Public Sector Undertakings are “requested” to ensure that all officers/officials working under their administrative control, and stationed at Srinagar/Jammu, attend the function at their respective places, it said.

Further, it said, the Managing Director, J&K SRTC Limited and the Managing Director, J&K Tourism Development Corporation Limited shall ensure that the buses/canter vehicles of their Corporations deployed for transportation of the employees of moving departments at Srinagar report at their allotted Government Colonies/Hotels/Security Zones etc at 7.30 a.m. on August 15 and facilitate to-and-fro movement of the employees for attending the Independence Day function at Sher-i- Kashnjr Cricket Stadium, Sonawar, Srinagar. Previously also, the government asked employees to be present but there has been no response by the majority, especially in Kashmir Valley.

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