Srinagar: A day ahead of India’s Republic Day, the government forces increased their presence and carried out frisking and searches at several places in the Valley to guard against any militant attack.
Since morning, police and CRPF laid barricades in and around Srinagar where the official R-Day function is scheduled at Bakhshi Stadium.
Central Reserve Police Forces’ Rajesh Yadav told Kashmir Reader that security arrangements have been intensified as usual before January 26. “We have deployed our forces across the city and in major towns. We have laid a 3-tier security cover around the venue,” Yadav said.
The CRPF has also deployed extra companies, according to Yadav, across the Valley as part of R-Day arrangements. “There are more than 40 companies remaining in Kashmir that were called during the unrest last year. They have also been deployed,” he added.
Police and paramilitary forces carried out rigorous searches near all entry and exit points around Srinagar city. Searches were also carried out randomly in the city, especially around city centre Lal Chowk.
A police official said that similar security measures have been taken in all districts. “The area around the venue is being continuously monitored. The security perimeter has already been laid. We are also carrying out searches and checks in private vehicles as part of security measures,” a police officer told Reader.
On August 15, 2015, militants carried out a fidayeen attack in Srinagar’s Nowhatta, killing a CRPF officer and a police constable.