Army fatigues on sale in Srinagar despite ban

Security has been tightened across J&K in view of terror alert from the Centre ahead of Independence Day.

Srinagar: Security has been tightened across
Jammu and Kashmir in view of terror alert from the Centre
ahead of Independence Day, even as olive green Army fatigues
are available for sale in flea market here despite a ban.

The Army fatigues are available for sale despite a
blanket ban imposed by the authorities. Not only with
authorised dealers but these uniforms are even sold by the
road side vendors in Srinagar`s weekly flea market, right
under the nose of heavy deployment of police and paramilitary

The additional deployment of security forces has been
carried out in view of terror alert issued by the Home
Ministry earlier in the week about possibility of militants
carrying out attacks ahead of Independence day in Jammu and
Kashmir and north-eastern states.

The sale, purchase and storing army like uniforms has
been banned by the District Magistrate Srinagar within the
territorial limits of the summer capital for a period of six
months on May 27, 2011.

The order was passed as militants over the years have
used army uniforms while carrying out suicide attacks on
security installations in the state.

On bringing this to notice, SSP (Srinagar) Ashiq Bukhari
said: "We will look into matter and take action if anyone is
found flouting the ban."

A day ahead of Independence Day, security around Bakshi
Stadium, the main venue of the function and other venues in
the Valley was strengthened.

A three-tier security blanket has been thrown around
stadium to thwart any attempt by militants to carry out a
strike, officials said.

They said although the deployment of the security
personnel this year is not as visible as in earlier years, the
security grid is relying on modern gadgetry like closed
circuit TV cameras and human intelligence to ensure a peaceful
Independence Day.

The deployment of police and paramilitary CRPF personnel
has been carried out around Bakshi stadium and all roads
leading to the venue have been sealed for public a day ahead
of the function, where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is
scheduled to take the salute at the parade.

All the residential and commercial buildings around the
stadium have been sanitised by a joint search parties of
police and CRPF.

The troops along the Line of Control have been directed
to remain vigilant as Army apprehends that militants might try
to infiltrate into this side to carry out attacks on security
forces and civilians.

Meanwhile, both factions of separatist Hurriyat
Conference have called for a general strike tomorrow.


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