Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Sunday late evening clarified that no fresh incident of attack on Kashmir bound vehicle has been reported along the Srinagar-Jammu Highway. Setting the rumours of fresh attack to rest Dr Shahid maintained that no such incident has been reported after the incident reported on night intervening October 9 and 10.

He added that elaborate security arrangements are in place and deployment along Highway has been enhanced by the district police.  Teams of policemen in civil clothes are also maintaining vigilance against any attempts to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the district, an official statement said.

Clarifying the news reports in circulation on social media regarding attack on a Kulgam bound vehicle by miscreants in Udhampur today, the DC said, “no such incident has occurred or reported in the district, however, before the attack on Islamabad bound truck the group of youth, already under arrest, had pelted a stone on a passenger vehicle Tavera when the passengers escaped unhurt and attack on truck was followed which was in the interior of town on old highway.”

The persons arrested in the incident have been booked in FIR No 368/2015Good u/s 307/435/427/336/337/147/148/149/120-B RPC 3/5 explosive substance Act and process has been initiated for booking them under Public Safety Act.

Meanwhile, responding to a question on security arrangements it was informed that adequate security arrangements are in place to thwart any such attempt to disturb the peaceful atmosphere or inflict damage to life and property.

DIG Udhampur-Reasi range is personally monitoring the security deployment and arrangements and also confidence building measures have been taken.

The support from local people in Udhampur is also encouraging and antisocial elements involved in rumour mongering have also been identified to be booked under law in addition to persons arrested for criminal act, the statement added.

The DC negated the reports of fresh attack based on which protests were registered in some parts of Kashmir today and informed that he has clarified the matter and factual position to Deputy Commissioners of Kulgam and Islamabad as well.


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