Security beefed up in Jammu ahead of R-Day
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 21:38
  
Jammu: The city has been placed under maximum security and the state's borders with Punjab have been sealed to prevent entry of BJP youth activists bent upon hoisting the national flag in Srinagar on Republic Day despite Jammu and Kashmir government's objections.

"Top security has been put in place in Jammu and all entry points from Punjab into the state have been sealed by deploying additional para-military personnel," a senior Police officer today said.

The entry points into Jammu and Kashmir from Punjab-Lakhanpur and Nagri-Narole of Kathua district have been plugged to stop BJYM and BJP activists from coming to the state from Punjab.

Besides, around 1,000 state police personnel have been asked to keep a vigil along the Jammu-Pathanokte highway, the route to be taken by the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra for the flag hoisting programme.

Seven additional check-points have been set up and all other check-points put on high alert for round-the-clock vigil of the highway, officials said.

Police in civil clothes will keep a watch at Lakhanpur, Nagri (gateways to JK in Kathua district), Railway stations at Samba, Hiranagar, Kathua and Jammu as well as bus stands, they said.

"We will not allow them to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir. State government has already directed the security agencies to ensure that there is no trouble in the state because of the flag hoisting," they said.

JK government had on January 20 said that it will not allow flag hoisting at Lal Chowk or permit any other programme which disturbs peace in the state.

The ruling National Conference today accused BJP of spoiling 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 the Jammu and Kashmir," senior NC leader and Law Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar told reporters here.

However, making it clear that it will not drop its plans, BJP today said any "misadventure" envisaged by the state government would be thwarted and the state BJP would see that the tricolour flies high at Lal Chowk amidst chanting of Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

"More than 50,000 youth of the country are reaching of Jammu on January 25 to proceed to Kashmir and no force on earth can stop us," said State BJP President Shamsher Singh Manhas.

The BJP started its march from Kolkata on January 12 and will enter the state on January 24 at Pathankot after covering 3,037 km.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 21:38


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