Heightened Security In Srinagar After Serial Killings

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Srinagar: The government forces on Wednesday stepped up security arrangements in this capital city following a spate of killings, including the assassination of a famous pharmacist, evoking widespread condemnation from mainstream camp and separatist parties.

According to reports, the government forces, including police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the specially trained Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel on Wednesday carried out surprise security checks in various parts of this capital city.

Forces, reports said, conducted surprise checks and identification parades at many parts of the city to keep a check on militants. At Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), policemen were seen frisking pedestrians and checking their belongings thoroughly.

Reports of random checking were also reported from SK Park, Budshah Bridge, Maulana Azad link road and other places in this capital city. Besides frisking the people, cops were also seen demanding identity proof from them.

The heightened security in Srinagar comes amid a spurt in civilian killings over the last three days. Police claim that the killings are being executed by militants to “spread terror and to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere” in the Valley.

On Tuesday, suspected militants shot dead a prominent pharmacist and two others, including a non-local vendor in three back to back attacks within an hour in this capital city and north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, setting alarm bells ringing in the security establishment.

The three killings came three days after suspected militants shot dead two people in back to back attacks in Srinagar’s Karan Nagar and Batamaloo areas of this capital city on Saturday last.

Majid Gojri was shot dead by suspected militants around 5:30pm Saturday near Madina Complex in Karan Nagar area of the city. Barely two hours later, gunmen appeared in SD Colony, Batamaloo and shot dead Muhammad Shafi Dar.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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