Security heighten in Srinagar city, forces deployment intensified

SRINAGAR, OCT 6:  A day after two National Conference workers were shot dead in Old City’s Karfali Mohalla, Jammu and Kashmir government has established check points at several places across the Srinagar city.


The heightened security arrangements were put in place at several locations in the city. Reports said that different security agencies, particularly Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir police have also intensified their patrolling and checking to foil any militant attempt to smuggle in arms and ammunition in poll areas.


Security forces have put up checking points at several places in the city and outskirts, checking vehicles and frisking travelers entering civil lines. A naka checking was established at Dal gate area being searched properly and those travelling in them were being frisked and their identity cards checked before allowing them to go.


“We have orders to check vehicles before allowing them to enter the city”, security force official said adding that they don’t want to take any chance.


Similarly naka’s were established on Moulana Azad road near Pologround crossing, where passenger and other vehicles besides two wheedlers were being stopped and properly searched. Passengers were being allowed to go only after checking their identity cards.


Additional security forces and state police personnel remained deployed on both sides of roads in the city to maintain law and order situation. Security forces were also seen conducting similar checking at Batmaloo and other places in the city.


Yesterday Two National Conference workers were shot dead from point blank range by militants in the heart of Srinagar’s downtown, while another colleague of theirs survived the attack with a bullet injury to his wrist.


Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership had called for a shutdown in Kashmir on October 8. “JRL leaders asked people to observe complete shutdown across Jammu and Kashmir on 8th October to protest the commencement of the ULB and Panchayat election drama being foisted upon them,” said a JRL statement.