Forces step up vigil ahead of R-Day function

Forces step up vigil ahead of R-Day function

Srinagar: Police and paramilitary troopers carried out random searches of vehicles, installed barricades and set up temporary check points ahead of R-Day.
Intense frisking of vehicles has already begun in Srinagar as well as across rural areas especially in south Kashmir, where militant presence is higher.
In view of last year’s uprising spanning five months, the government forces are likely to make tight arrangements to thwart any militant attack.
Director General of Police SP Vaid has asked forces to remain extra alert and strengthen security vital installations and the venues where Republic Day celebrations will be organised.
The DGP interacted with police officers including IGP Kashmir, Range deputy inspectors general of police and District Superintendents of Police of the valley and Jammu through video Conferencing at Police Headquarters (PHQ) on Monday.
The police department has been asked to monitor the implementation of security arrangements.
Security alert has been already sounded and the government forces have been directed to ensure round the clock patrolling and checking especially in sensitive areas.
“Surprise checking in the border areas and on National Highways also needs to be beefed up to thwart any nefarious design of elements inimical to peace,” the top official has said.
According to a spokesperson, the DGP has said checking points should be set up in coordination with other agencies at the entry points and areas around the venues should be sensitized, particularly MAM Stadium Jammu and Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, where main functions will be held.

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