SRINAGAR Government forces carried a search operation on Saturday in Lal Chowk and adjacent areas to the summer capital of the state here.
Although aerial drone were being used for surveillance following the grenade attack at the city centre a day ago, the police insisted it was a routine exercise.
The incident created panic gripped in city after joint team of government forces including Army emerged near Ghanta Ghar and started frisking pedestrians randomly.
The army soldiers pressed drone into service to intensify vigil ahead of January 26 celebration in Srinagar. Reports said that army soldiers disallowed vehicular movement towards Amirakadal and diverted it towards Budshah Chowk.
Forces personnel also conducted search operation of hotels and other buildings located in Lal Chowk. The frisking has been intensified in wake of two grenade attacks by suspected militants in two days.
Militants had on Friday hurled a grenade at a Central Reserve Police Force petrol party vehicle in the Lal Chowk that was followed by two similar attacks in Shopian and Pulwama districts.
Police and forces have already sounded high alert across the valley while tight security arrangements have been made in and around Bakshi stadium where the main function of August 15 will be held.
Apart from Sonwar Cricket Stadium security has been beefed up in the entire valley, police sources said. They said apart from patrolling, vehicle checking has also been intensified and pedestrians are being frisked. People are also being asked for their identity cards. A police official said that what happened in city centre Lal Chowk was a routine mock drill.
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