Agence India Press
Srinagar:Security was tightened in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of Republic Day of India and major routes leading to Bakshi Stadium were completely sealed by the security forces to foil any awkward incident.
Vehicles entering to the Srinagar city were stopped at various places on Wednesday. Heavy security arrangements were being made and security personnel were guarding the streets here.
Security forces were seen frisking and checking identity cards of people at various entry points. “Our vehicle was stopped and thoroughly searched at various places from Hazratbal to Lal chowk,” Javeed Ahmad, a bus conductor said.
“I was frisked thrice from my home to Batamaloo by the police and could not reach duty on time,” Shabir Khan, a government employee said.
Police has taken adequate security measures in Srinagar city where main function will be held at Bakshi stadium to ensure a smooth conduct of January 26 function.
Extra deployment of security forces have been made at crowded places and sensitive areas to thwart any untoward incident.
Inspector General of Police, S M Sahai said on Tuesday after the rehearsal, “The deployment in and around the city would be further increased. The check points and Nakkas to be established and random searches are being conducted to keep militants away from the bay. Our only concern is that the weather should remain favourable. There is no other problem. We have no inputs about any likely militancy related incident being planned around the Republic Day in the Valley.”
Sources told Agence India Pres that security forces were keeping strict vigil on the movement of people at the sensitive areas through close circuit cameras.
Buildings around the main venue including the Lalla Ded Hospital were being searched and checked ahead of January 26 to avoid any untoward incident.
Police also used sniffer dogs and mine detecting devices and machines in and around the Bakshi Stadium and other venues where January 26 celebrations are being held.
Amar Singh College which falls opposite to the main venue (Bakshi Stadium) was also seized. “We were being told that the college will remain close for a week till January 26 celebrations are over,” Mohammad Anwar, a college student, said.
Meanwhile, Kashmiri separatists have called for strike on January 26 and asked people to observe India’s Republic Day as ‘Black day’. (AIP NEWS)