Security checks, fear of LoC flare-up in north Kashmir

Security checks, fear of LoC flare-up in north Kashmir
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Srinagar: A day after the suicide car bomb attack on a CRPF convoy, government forces including police, army and paramilitary CRPF started checking of vehicles and passengers on in Srinagar, Baramulla-Srinagar, Kupwara-Srinagar, Srinagar-Anantnag highway and other main roads in Kashmir from Friday morning.
Local sources said that army units posted in Uri and Kupwara sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) have been put on high alert.
Locals said that there are hundreds of army posts along the Line of Control in Uri and Kupwara sectors and all the army men are on high alert and may target Pakistani posts at any time.
The sources added that extra troops have been sent to the border areas.
However, army sources said that there is high alert not on borders but in other parts of valley and no extra troops have been sent to the border areas.
The people living very close to the Line of Control in Uri sector said that they saw very less movement of civilian and Pakistani forces on the other side of the LoC on Friday. “But we are too worried because there are chances of cross-border firing after the Pulwama attack at any time,” they said.
A resident of Uri said, “We had appealed to the government to arrange underground bunkers for the people living along the LoC, but the government failed to solve our issues.”
The people appealed to governments of both India and Pakistan to solve the Kashmir issue peacefully and end the bloodbath which has been continuing for the past three decades.
A massive blanket of government forces deployed in and around Srinagar and on Kashmir highways carried out frisking and searches of vehicles on roads.
At several places in the city, police and CRPF soldiers had erected barricades and were seen carrying searches of vehicles. They were also asking commuters to verify their identities.
At the entry points to the city, forces were seen scanning vehicles and asking drivers their destinations. There was thin footfall of people in markets in the city.
Meanwhile, the government reduced the mobile internet speed in Srinagar and suspended it in four districts of south Kashmir for the second consecutive day on Friday.