‘Crackdown’ Returns To Srinagar City Centre

Srinagar: In a reminiscence of 90s era, Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and CRPF on Monday carried out a crackdown in Lal Chowk area of this capital city and subjected the people to frisking and identification checks.

SOG personnel assisted by paramilitary CRPF cordoned off a stretch from court road to Hari Singh High Street here and carried out a surprise crackdown, reports said. The commuters and pedestrians, the report said were made to stay in a queue and subjected to frisking and identification checks.

The videos and photographs of HSHS and Amira Kadal frisking went viral on social media. Most of the netizens said that the crackdown was reminiscent of 1990’s when people would be lined up only to be frisked and questioned and paraded before the informers.

“Large number of people were frisked. All the people present in Amira Kadal, Hari Singh High Street, including the ones who were in private and public vehicles were frisked and their identity cards were checked before allowing them to move forward,” said an eyewitness according to news agency KNT.

He said the surprise crackdown also caused disruption in the smooth flow of traffic in and around Lal Chowk Due to the crackdown, he said, the traffic was diverted via Budshah bridge .

Pertinently, the government forces have stepped up vigil in Srinagar city after the killing of two policemen last week by militants.

On Saturday last, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar (IPS) chaired a high level security review meeting following spurt in militant attacks in the summer capital.

“Focus of the meeting was recent attacks by (militants) in the Srinagar City and the security measures to counter such attacks,” a police spokesman had said in a statement issued here.

IGP had also highlighted in the meeting the importance of round the clock checkpoints/nakas at strategic locations, surprise (flash) naka, surprise limited CASO in crowded places, placing cut-off points on exit routes immediately after such incident and dominating from high reaches, use of drones to check the movement of elements inimical to peace.(With agency inputs)

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