SRINAGAR – Ahead of Indian Republic Day on 26th January and US President’s visit to India, the security across Kashmir has been beefed up while forces have started frisking in the region including the summer capital.
Senior police officials said that stringent arrangements would be in place in Kashmir ahead of the Republic Day. They said all the security agencies are cooperating with each other to ensure incident free functions on January 26.
To thwart any incident, the security men have started frisking of civilians across Kashmir. Witnesses said that security men particularly police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were frisking vehicles, motorcyclists and passengers in Srinagar city including in Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Civil Secretariat and Old Secretariat areas.
“The forces men were asking for identity cards and were also questioning passengers. They were checking papers of bikers as well,” witnesses said. The frisking in other parts of the valley has also been started.
Reports said the forces have laid checkpoints on the entry and exit points of the Srinagar and are maintaining strict on the suspected persons.
The police officials said they are on heightened alert as US President Barack Obama is attending Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. “Militants might try to carry out strikes to show their presence as Obama would be in Capital. They have done it in past as well. We don’t want them to give any chance and there would be elaborate security arrangements,” they said.
“The security in and around the venues of Republic Day functions in all the districts would be tight,” the officials said.