Security Alert In Srinagar After Lalbazar Killing

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Srinagar- A day after militants shot dead a police officer and injured two others, the government forces on Wednesday heightened security measures in Srinagar city and elsewhere to keep a check on the movement of militants and to foil any further attacks in this capital city.

Notably, most of the heat of Tuesday’s attack was felt by pillion riders whose vehicles were being thoroughly checked by the city police and in some cases, vehicles were also seized.

According to officials, the police and paramilitary forces heightened security measures in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley, especially on the Amarnath Yatra route to keep a check on the militant activities in view of Tuesday’s attack.

A police officer, wishing anonymity, told Kashmir Observer that security has been enhanced and searches have been intensified across Kashmir, especially the Srinagar city.

“A security review was also held and soon there will be an increase in the number of security forces and surprise nakas deployed around key installations, in the wake of the Lal Bazar attack,” the official said.

At several places, the official noted, night-checking points and nakas have been set up. Since Wednesday morning, dozens of nakas were set up across the city where vehicles, especially two wheelers, were checked and people travelling without proper vehicle documents and identity cards were thoroughly questioned.

The vehicles entering into Srinagar through different entry points were also being thoroughly checked.

Sources said that the intelligence agencies in J&K have asked security forces to deploy additional forces in key areas and remain extra-vigilant in the Union Territory especially in Jammu and Srinagar cities “as there were inputs of more such attacks”.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, militants released a 39-second edited video that had filmed Lal Bazar shooting very closely. The first-person footage carries graphic visuals of a militant going on shooting spree.

The video was released purportedly by the militants behind the attack via a propaganda outlet purportedly linked to ISIS.

The militants who carried out the attack shot at a policeman standing outside a police van. Later, the militant in the video shot another policeman sitting in the rear of the parked police vehicle. After injuring the duo, the militant reloads the pistol and again starts firing at the injured policemen.

As per the official, the militants had used professional body cameras to film the attack. The attack has also raised serious alarm bells within the security establishment.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

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

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