Random Frisking Returns To Srinagar

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Srinagar: The government forces on Thursday carried out random frisking in parts of this capital following a fresh spate of attacks that has left two people, including a policeman dead.

Early in the morning, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and policemen conducted day-long search operations in parts of the city, including Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas to keep a check on the activities of militants, reports said.

At some places, the specially trained counter militancy Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel carried out surprise checks of people.

The first search operation of the day was launched in the busy marketplace of Sarai Bala early Thursday morning, reports said. The traders, reports said, were asked to down their shutters before being subjected to thorough frisking.

Many pedestrians were also frisked and subjected to identification checks during the surprise operation that continued for nearly an hour.

The stepped up security measures and random search operations come in the backdrop of renewed militant attacks after a brief lull.

2 people, including a policeman were shot dead by suspected militants in Bohri Kadal and Batamaloo area of the city in the last five days. Two more people were injured on Wednesday in a grenade attack aimed at a picket of paramilitary CRPF in Eidgah locality.

Pertinently in Srinagar, scores of checkpoints have popped up where people were lined up, frisked and subjected to identification checks by heavily armed cops and paramilitary men. The spike in militant attacks comes despite deployment of additional 500 paramilitary men in this capital city.

According to reports, random security checks were also conducted by forces in Rainawari, Rajbagh, Khanyar, Munawarabad, Maulana Azad link road, Budshah Bridge, SK Park and other parts of the city as well.

Meanwhile, reports of intense checking and frisking were also received from all entry and exit points in this capital city.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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