5,000 securitymen deployed at J&K border ahead of BJP yatra

Nearly 5,000 security personnel have been deployed at the border of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, which has been sealed, to prevent activists of the BJP`s youth wing from entering the state.

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2011, 16:27 PM IST

Jammu: With BJP showing no signs of going
back on its plan to hoist the national flag at Srinagar`s Lal
Chowk on January 26, nearly 5,000 security personnel have been
deployed at the border of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, which
has been sealed, to prevent activists of the party`s youth
wing from entering the state.

"Nearly 5,000 security personnel of CRPF and police have
been deployed all along the Punjab-J&K border and it has
been fully sealed ahead of the arrival of Rastriya Ekta Yatra
at Lakhanpur inter-border terminal in Kathua district," a
senior police official said.

At the seven entry points from Punjab to Jammu and
Kashmir`s Kathua district, police and CRPF personnel have been
deployed and a massive security drill was conducted this
morning. Besides, two women platoons have also been deployed
keeping in view presence of women activists, he said.

"Riot control vehicles, water cannons and deployment of
companies of CRPF and police has been done on all entry points
from Punjab into J&K," the official said, adding that
security personnel have also been deployed in Jammu.

Official sources said all check-points, including the
seven additional ones that have been set up, have been put on
high alert for round-the-clock vigilance on the highway to
ensure the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha activists do not enter
the state.

Jammu and Kashmir government has named Gareeb Dass, DIG
Crime, Intelligence and Vigilance, as the Officer on Special
Duty (OSD) for security in the Samba-Kathua range.

"We will not allow peace in Jammu and Kashmir to be
disturbed. The state government has already directed the
security agencies to ensure that there is no trouble in the
state by hoisting of the tricolour in Srinagar by Bharatiya
Janata Yuva Morcha," a senior official said.

Sources said police and civil officers of Jammu and
Kashmir districts held a meeting with their counterparts at
Pathankote in Punjab to seek their help to thwart the
activists` attempts of entering J&K from Punjab but the
officers refused to help.

The ruling National Conference today accused BJP of
attempting to ruin peace and normalcy in Kashmir and said its
government will not allow the party`s youth wing to carry out
its plan of hoisting the national flag in Srinagar.

"BJP is trying to spoil peace and normalcy in Kashmir. We
will not allow the BJP to hoist the national flag in Srinagar,
as that is not in the interest of Jammu and Kashmir," senior
NC leader and J&K Law Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar told
reporters here.

PTI