Security Tightened Throughout Kashmir

KL Report

Srinagar

Security has been beefed up in Kashmir Valley ahead of the 26th January as full dress rehearsal of the parade was held at the Bakshi stadium on Thursday.

Additional police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the city and at entry points to the summer capital to foil any plans of militants to carry out activities ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, official sources said.

Police has set up barricades at many places to carry out random searches of vehicles entering the city, the sources said.
They said roads around the Bakshi stadium, the venue for main function in Kashmir, were sealed off last night as a precautionary measure.

Armed personnel and cops in civvies have been deployed around the Bakshi stadium to keep an eye on any suspicious persons, they said.

Last week, police had rounded up several youth, from many areas in the city, suspected to be involved in organising protests on the eve of 26th January.

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.

“There are no specific inputs about militants planning to carry out any attacks on the eve of the Republic day but we not taking any chances with the security arrangements,” a senior official of the state police intelligence wing said.

Meanwhile, full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day parade was held at Bakshi stadium amidst tight security.
Divisional commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon took salute at the march past by contingents of various wings of police, CRPF and school children.

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