Srinagar — Police and paramilitary personnel have heightened security arrangements across Kashmir valley in general and Srinagar district in particular ahead of India’s Independence Day of August 15.
On Thursday, police and paramilitary men were seen stopping and searching vehicles at several places while people were queued up and subjected to frisking.
Reminiscent of the 1990s, police and paramilitary forces were seen stopping vehicles at Parimpora and then queuing up the passengers after de-boarding them from buses, mini-buses and cabs. Not only public transport, scooter riders and private vehicles were also randomly stopped and checked to ensure that the ensuing official functions on Sunday pass off peacefully and incident-free.
Apart from frisking people thoroughly, men in uniform were also seen checking the identity cards of some people.
Reports of frisking by police and paramilitary forces were also received from various parts of the city.
There is already a larger presence of police and paramilitary men across Srinagar, particularly areas in and around Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of J&K’s summer capital.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is scheduled to preside over the main function at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here. Like in the past, the venue has been sealed off.
Police also carried a test of drones at a park and an officer told media persons that camera-fitted device will keep a vigil on any suspected person within a radius of two kilometres. “We have a surveillance system in place and any suspect would be caught immediately,” the officer said.
He said more than one dozen drones have been pressed into service for the aerial surveillance of Maulana Azad Road, Residency Road, Regal Chowk, Maisuma and Lal Chowk.
A police official said that fool-proof security arrangements have been made for incident-free and successful Independence Day celebrations.
“Police and other security forces have been put on high alert across Kashmir valley. Even on normal days, they are in a state of alertness to foil any attempts by inimical elements to create a disturbance. But, during function like the one ensuing on Sunday, extra precautions are made.”
There are already checkpoints at various places and vehicles are being checked while passengers are being frisked.