In view of the prevailing tense situation, the government forces in Sopore Town of North Kashmir have decided to conduct round the clock patrolling “to keep check on the situation and foil attempts of gunmen to carry out attacks against civilians”.

A top official told Srinagar-based news agency GNS that the joint patrolling teams of police, paramilitary and army would intensify the patrolling across the Town and in its adjoining areas.

“In view of the Ramadhan, there would be round the clock patrolling. We will not allow gunmen to disrupt the peace and that is why we have decided to take this decision,” the official said, adding: “particularly at the time of Sehri and Iftaar, we will beef up the security.”

The Apple Town was rattled with the series of killings of former militants, pro-freedom activists and people linked with telecommunication companies since May 25.

The Town has already turned into garrison by government forces with police accusing two top militants – Abdul Qayoom Najar and Imtiyaz Ahmad Kundoo – for killing civilians. The two carry bounty of 20 lakh rupees on their heads. Police say the duo is associated with a breakway faction of Hizbul Mujahideen.

The pro-freedom and militant leadership have, however, accused “Indian secret agencies” of carrying out target killings.


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