Panic Grips Lal Chowk As Police Launches Search Operation

KL Report

Srinagar

Panic gripped Kashmir’s commercial hub Friday when police launched a sudden search operation in the area in wake of “threats” to disrupt the upcoming Amarnath yatra commencing from June 24.

Eye witness told news agency KNS , “Police assisted by paramilitary CRPF troops cordoned off the City centre area around 3.15pm  and asked the civilians to make queues for frisking and I-Card checking”.

The police operation also led to massive traffic jam as commuters had to find ways to cross the roads. This is for the first time after 2010 that police launched an operation in the area, which remains highly busy with the people, traffic, street vendors and tourists.

Official said the crackdown was in line with the directives from the higher ups to step up vigil in view of the increasing militant strikes and Amamrnath yatra which starts from 24 of June.

“This is being done as preventive and precautionary measures after the spurt in the recent attacks by militant’s,” higher official of Police told news agency KNS.

Meanwhile Inspector General of Police Kashmir zone A.G Mir talking to KNS said, “Security forces have been put on alert, we want to prevent people from any untoward incident that is why the area was cordoned but no one was arrested,” he said.

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