The security has been beefed up in the state ahead of January 26, following random search operations and frisking by the joint parties of police and CRPF.
Since early morning of January 25, the movement in Srinagar, the summer capital of state was thin and increasingly reduced as the day proceeded.
From past few days barricades and searching of vehicles and pedestrians was a common scene in city where Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed at the entry and exit points.
Conducting random frisking of passersby in Lal chowk and adjoining areas, the surroundings of Bakshi stadium, where the main function on January 26 is scheduled to take place, has been sealed off. The cops have placed concertina wires at the entry points towards the stadium and also constant vigil is being maintained.
According to police sources, armed personnel and cops in civvies have been deployed around the stadium to keep an eye on any suspicious persons. Also state police occupy high rise buildings around Bakshi stadium and deploy sharpshooters to prevent any eventuality.
Pertinently, last week, police had rounded up several youth, from many areas in the city, suspected to be involved in organizing protests on the eve of January 26.
Similar security arrangements have been put in place in all district headquarters of the valley for ensuring peaceful and smooth 26th January Celebrations, the sources said.
Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir S M Sahai informed that there is no apparent threat from militants to target R-day functions. “We don’t have any inputs related to security threat by militants. But the arrangements have been tightened and forces are ready to tackle any situation,” he said.