SRINAGAR: A day after suspected militants shot dead two National Conference workers in broad daylight in downtown Srinagar, security across the city was beefed up on Saturday with barricades installed and government forces deployed in strength.
In downtown, where two bike-borne youths opened fire from an AK-47 rifle at the NC workers at about 11.30am on Friday, police and paramilitary forces checked vehicles, particularly bikers, demanding identity cards and carrying out thorough frisking.
Even before the NC workers’ killing, the authorities had already tightened “security measures” in preparation for the municipal polls, the first phase of voting for which is to be held on October 8, including in Srinagar. Dozens of check-posts had been established in the city including at Dalgate, Gupkar Road, Maulana Azad Road, Residency Road, Amira Kadal, Budshah Bridge, Jahangir Chowk, and Batamaloo.
Despite these security measures, Friday’s audacious attack left the security establishment rattled. It also heightened fears among the candidates who have filed nominations for the civic body polls. Moments after the killings of the NC workers, a woman candidate in Srinagar’s Dalgate ward withdrew her nomination and circulated the news on Facebook and WhatsApp.
ADGP Law and Order/Security Munir Khan had recently announced a 60-day security plan to secure areas where polling will take place. After Friday’s incident, the ADGP told Kashmir Reader that the “loop-holes” have been “plugged”.
“We will check thoroughly for the loopholes in the security plan and will do the needful,” Khan said.