In the wake of recent militant attack at Huzuri Bagh Srinagar in which one CISF personal was killed and another was critically injured, Paramilitary CRPF troops and police Wednesday conducted surprise cordon and search operations in the busy Huzuri Bagh market. However police said it was routine security drill.
Eye witness told KNS that police assisted by paramilitary CRPF troops cordoned off the area and asked the civilians to show their I-Cards. The traffic was not allowed till the siege ended. “They were demanding identity cards from the people, mainly youth and thoroughly checked their belongings,” Javid Ahmad a local shopkeeper said.
A police officer told KNS that search operation was in line with the directives from the higher-ups to step up vigil in view of the increasing militant strikes in the city. “This was done as preventive and precautionary measures after the spurt in the recent militant attack. The main focus of the police would be on busy marketplaces. We want to prevent these attacks in these places,” he said. Pertinently security in the City centre has been intensified after an attack on CISF personnel two days ago when one personal of CISF was killed and another was injured.
The incident created panic in the area and people were seen inquiring from each other about the reason for sudden search operation in the area. Meanwhile when contacted a concerned police officer told KNS that it was a routine security drill. “The search operation is a part of routine security arrangements and drill and nobody was detained,” he said.