Security Along IB Heightened Ahead Of R-Day Celebrations

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Jammu- Security forces on Saturday launched area domination patrol in forward villages along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir to frustrate any attempt by anti-national elements to disrupt the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations, an official said.

Police assisted by other security forces also carried out a search operation in the Nikki Tawi area of Jammu as part of the stepped up security arrangements across the province which is hosting the main Republic Day function in the Union Territory, where Lt Governor Manoj Sinha will unfurl the national flag, the officials said.

They said police along with CRPF, BSF and Army started area domination patrols in the villages near the International Border in Samba district as part of a security drill to keep an eye on suspicious movement from across the border.

"We have started area domination patrols to look for loopholes to further strengthen our border security grid," a police officer said.

He said long-range patrol to cover 15 km per day was part of the area domination to scuttle any attempts by anti-national elements to disrupt the Republic day celebrations.

In the past, attempts have been made from across the border to push armed militants and smuggle weapons to disturb the Republic Day functions, he said, adding police and other security forces are alive to the threat and have taken all necessary measures to counter the nefarious designs of the inimical elements bent upon to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

The officials said police assisted by other security forces searched the Nikki Tawi area of Jammu city, where the main Republic Day function will be held at M A Stadium.

However, no one was arrested during the joint operation, they said.

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