SRINAGAR: A day after a grenade was lobbed in city centre Lal Chowk, just a week ahead of India’s Republic Day, government forces flew drones over Lal Chowk as one of the measures to prevent any violent attack.
On Saturday afternoon, drones mounted with cameras were launched by a joint team of Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and paramilitary CRPF. The drones had the power to capture images, store them, and follow them.
While the drones flew in the air, they were monitored constantly on laptop screens.
Forces also carried out search operations inside hotels and business establishments. Pedestrians were frisked, asked to show their identity cards, before they were allowed to move ahead.
Traffic movement also affected at many places in and around the city centre as forces stopped vehicles, frisked them, and checked documents of the owners. A huge fleet of two-wheelers and cars has already been seized by traffic police. On Thursday, a grenade was lobbed at Zero Bridge in Rajbagh, not far from Lal Chowk, that left two traffic policemen wounded.
Police have also blocked the road stretch from Radio Kashmir to Gupkar crossing, where the venue of the official Republic Day function is. Traffic department has asked the public to restrict their vehicular movement or divert their routes till 25th January.
The traffic department has asked the public to adopt Sonwar-Ram Bagh-Dalgate MA Road stretch if coming from Pantha Chowk, and same to move out of the city.
Motorists coming from Raj Bagh and adjacent areas intending to travel towards Pantha Chowk side should adopt Radio Kashmir Chowk-JK Bank Corporate Office Crossing-Dalgate-RM Bagh-Sonwar route, the advisory says. Similarly, motorists coming from south Kashmir/ Pantha Chowk intending to travel to Barzulla/ Hyderpora/ Rambagh areas are requested to prefer the highway and enter though Natipora-Sanat Nagar.