Heightened security in Valley ahead of R- Day

Heightened security in Valley ahead of R- Day
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Police issues advisory in Jammu

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Srinagar: Scores of government forces have been deployed in Kashmir to carry frisking of commuters and checking vehicles ahead of India’s Republic Day.
A thick security blanket has been thrown around vital installations and SK Stadium Sonawar, the main venue for the R-day function in the Valley. A huge contingent of policemen and CRPF soldiers have established barricades to seal the venue. CCTV cameras have been installed for surveillance.
Mobile bunkers and checkpoints have been established on all the entry and exit routes of Srinagar.
“These are normal safety measures. Checkpoints have been installed to make sure there is an adequate safety and proper security arrangements on the Republic Day”, a policeman on duty in Srinagar said.
A senior police officer said from ground deployment to snipers guarding the venue, everything has taken into consideration to ensure peaceful Republic Day.
“Given the change in venue, there would be a comprehensive three-tier deployment in the area. As usual, routine safety measures have been taken into consideration”, he said.
Apart from other security measures, CCTV cameras have been installed at multiple locations to keep the venue under constant surveillance.
Frisking and checking of vehicles has also been intensified on Srinagar-Jammu highway. Barricades have been established at several places on the roads leading to south Kashmir villages.
Meanwhile, police in Jammu issued an advisory Police in an advisory sought people’s cooperation in view of heightened security arrangements and asked officials to maintain a vigil on possible infiltration routes to scuttle “nefarious designs of anti-national elements”.
“All Station House Officers and in-charges of police posts have been directed to remain present in their respective jurisdiction round the clock,” reads the advisory issued from police headquarters here.
“In-charge, border police posts have been directed to keep a vigil on infiltration routes used by anti-national elements in the past,” it stated.
In the advisory, village defence committee members, numberdards, chowkidars have been directed to cooperate with the police for the safety and security especially in view of January 26.
“Keeping in view the forthcoming Republic Day, present security scenario in the state and impending threats from anti-national elements, some checking and frisking points have been established in Jammu City as well as rural areas for the security and safety of the public.
“The people are requested to cooperate with the police and do not feel the step as harassment by the police,” the advisory said.
The police requested the managements of all schools not to allow any stranger in the premises and take necessary precautionary measures.
It said the police are available round-the-clock and people can share any information at any time by dialing emergency number 100.
—With inputs from PTI