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As India’s Independence Day nears, massive checking, frisking starts in Kashmir

Friday, August 11, 2017

Armoured vehicles stationed, massive deployment of forces in all districts
Alert has been sounded across Kashmir ahead of August 15 (India’s Independence Day) and massive checking of vehicle and frisking of people has been started in all districts.

Security at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, the main venue for the August 15 official function, has been intensified. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will unfurl the Indian flag at the stadium on August 15 amid multi-layer security cover, a source in the police said.

Vehicle checking has also been intensified and pedestrians are being frisked on all major roads.

“People are also being asked for their identity cards,” a pedestrian said.

A police official said that sharp shooters will be deployed on top of various buildings around the stadium.

In Srinagar, police and CRPF troopers have erected barricades to carry out the search of vehicles. “Vehicles coming from other districts were being checked at Parimpora by-pass, Bemina, Qamarwari, Pantha Chowk, Sonwar and other places,” a witness said.

The August 15 functions would also be held at district headquarters. Police and paramilitary CRPF troopers have been asked to remain on high alert in the districts to avoid any incident.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Jehangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Maisuma, Dalgate and other areas of Srinagar. Armored vehicles of police and paramilitary forces were seen at many road junctions.

Security has also been beefed up in Sopore, Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora and Handwara. Army also carried out checking of vehicles in different areas.

Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad (Anantnag) and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir also witnessed tight security.

Director general of police S P Vaid said that all the arrangements were in place and police was ready to deal with any challenge. “People should attend the official functions and need not to panic,” he said. (Greater Kashmir)