Security beefed up across Kashmir Valley ahead of I-Day

A security blanket has been thrown around vital installations and checking intensified across Kashmir valley ahead of Independence day to thwart any attempt by militants to disrupt the celebrations.

Srinagar: A security blanket has been thrown around vital installations and checking intensified across Kashmir valley ahead of Independence day to thwart any attempt by militants to disrupt the celebrations.

The tightened security arrangements were made in the wake of surge in infiltration attempts and ceasefire violations from across the border and escalation in militant activities in the Valley, officials said.

The Bakshi Stadium, the main venue of the Independence Day function in Jammu and Kashmir, was virtually sealed by a large contingent of police and CRPF personnel, while special check points have been set up at various places within the city and its outskirts, especially the entry points leading to the capital.

Although there was no specific intelligence input about any terror strike in the city on Independence Day, the officials said the security forces have been directed to remain vigilant and intensify checking to keep the militants at bay.

The security grid is also relying on modern gadgetry like CCTV cameras and human intelligence to ensure a peaceful Independence Day, they said.

Sharp shooters are also being deployed in the sensitive areas and in this regard high rise buildings have been identified especially around the Stadium.

Similar arrangements have also been made at district headquarters where the function is scheduled to take place, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the separatists, including both the factions of Hurriyat Conference had called for boycott of the celebrations and a general strike on August 15.

Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, had also called for a general strike on August 16 against the communal violence in Kishtwar and to press for disbanding of the Village Defence Committees in Jammu region.

"...As a matter of fact we are not against India but want New Delhi to fulfill the demands and address the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," Geelani said.

PTI

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