Srinagar: Security arrangements were further strengthened Saturday in this summer capital of the state on the eve of R-Day.
Thousands of paramilitary troopers and policemen wearing bullet-proof vests have been deployed across the city to ensure smooth conduct of the R-Day, official sources told Kashmir Reader.
Police and the paramilitary CRPF men carried out searches in many parts of the city. Besides subjecting people to frisking, the cops also demanded ‘identity’ proof from the people. Private and public vehicles were also thoroughly checked at various checkpoints erected in the last few days. Scores of mobile bunkers have popped up in many areas of the city.
Like every year, the pro-freedom camp including both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF, have called for a complete shutdown on January 26 and urged the people of Kashmir to observe the day as “black day.”
Stringent security measures have also been put in place near Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the January 26 function. The stadium has been put under cordon by the forces restricting the movement of pedestrians and vehicles. At many roads leading to the venue, troops and police were seen frisking people and asking for ‘identity’ cards.
“Three-tier security will be put in place around the venue. The outer ring will be looked after by police and troopers jointly. The inner ring will primarily be the responsibility of the security wing of police. The security will remain stringent on Sunday,” a senior police officer, wishing not to be named, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that mobile and internet service may also remain affected for a few hours “due to security reasons”.
Sources said the movement of people is also monitored through close circuit cameras that are installed at various places in the city. Besides bomb disposal squad, sharp shooters have been pressed into service to keep a close watch on the movement of the people.
Reports said a heavy posse of policemen has been deployed around Jehangir Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, SK Park, Dalgate and other areas of the city.
The police also carried out surprise check of vehicles on the entry and exit points in this capital city. At Hyderpora bye-pass, where militants inflicted heavy damages to Army and paramilitaries last year, strict vigil was being maintained by the forces to foil any possible attack.
Meanwhile, reports of intensified security have also been received from in other towns and district headquarters of the Valley.