SRINAGAR: Stringent measures in the name of security will remain place in Kashmir, especially in Srinagar, till January 26 to ensure smooth conduct of India’s Republican Day celebrations.
Further measures were discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by Director General of Police, S P Vaid in Srinagar. “All security agencies will remain in touch to ensure peaceful main function at cricket stadium at Sonwar,” the DGP told media soon after the meeting. For the first time, Republic Day parade will be held at the cricket stadium, apparently for security reasons.
The stadium that houses a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp is considered safe through security point of view as most of the VIPs reside adjacent to the venue and a police station is located just at the entrance gate of the venue. The army’s 15 corps headquarters is also located at the distance of one and a half kilometres. Police chief said: “Army will be primarily responsible for area domination including the highways.
Police have blocked the Sonwar road, which leads to the main venue, from both sides from 7 pm every evening. Policemen erected barricades at police station, Ram Munish Bagh, on one side and also at main road leading to Nawa-e-Subh complex. “We have orders from the top to block this road every evening after 7 pm and to divert traffic through Dalgate road,” said a police man standing guard at the barricade on the main road leading to the stadium.
Check-points have been established in Srinagar especially at the city centre and people are undergoing tough frisking and searches. Almost every vehicle is thoroughly searched and every commuter frisked. Major check-points have been established at Ram Munshi Bagh near Sonwar, Dalgate, Regal Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Moulana Azad Road, Jehangir Chowk and Batamaloo.
Similar check-points have been set up in downtown areas that include Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safa Kadal, Maharaj Gunj and other areas. Special instructions have been passed to police and paramilitary forces to establish joint nakas on highways, Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Baramulla highway. Police, army and the CRPF jointly carry out high-way domination besides conducting searches of vehicles and frisking of suspects.
Many travellers have complained that at many places passenger vehicles are stopped and travellers asked to step out to prove their identity.