Women Frisked In City Centre

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Srinagar: Beefing up security apparatus further in this capital city, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Monday deployed female troopers here to carry out random searches of womenfolk amid a spurt in militant attacks and the killing of non-locals.

According to reports, a posse of CRPF women cops were deployed around Lal Chowk on Monday morning to assist the local police in carrying out searches in the bust marketplace and to keep an eye on suspects.

Wearing bullet proof vests and carrying assault rifles, the CRPF women cops were seen subjecting ladies to identification checks. Many women, including students were frisked and their bags and belongings were thoroughly checked before letting them go.

The random searches in the heart of the city conducted throughout the day.

However, the random frisking at the public place didn’t go well with some women who complained breach in privacy.

“We were passing through Lal Chowk when CRPF women cops intercepted us. Our identity cards were sought and bags were thoroughly checked in full public glare. This is highly insensitive and objectionable,” Shazia, a resident of Nowhatta said.

The heightened security in this capital city comes in the backdrop of a series of attacks on migrant workers, mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. So far, 11 people have been killed allegedly by militants in the last two weeks.

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