Frisking, searches by security forces back in Srinagar

Frisking, searches by security forces back in Srinagar
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Srinagar, Feb 27: In the wake of recent killing of two police personnel and grenade attack on a police station that left a militant dead and a policeman wounded, security forces have intensified random searches and frisking in Kashmir valley, where Governor N N Vohra held separate meetings with senior Army, paramilitary and police officers on Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, boundary walls and other security measures of police stations are also being enhanced to foil any fidayeen attack by militants.
Security forces had established naka checkings at several places in the city, conducting random searches of passing vehicles, particularly two wheelers.
“We have directions to conduct random searches of vehicles and check the identity cards of those boarding the vehicles,” a security force jawan said at Budshah Bridge.
All three wheelers besides motor-bicycles and scooters were being properly searched before allowing them to go, he said.
Similar checkpoints have also been established at other places, including Batamaloo and Tourist Reception Centre (TRC).
The Governor received an extensive briefing from Lt Gen A K Bhat, GoC 15 Corps, about the situation along the entire LoC and activities of the various militants groups in the hinterland.
Vohra received similar briefings from S P Pani, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Division, and Ravideep Singh Sahi, IG CRPF. He also held discussions with the chiefs of Central Intelligence Agencies.
Meanwhile, in view of an increase in the militant attacks on Police Stations, authorities have enhanced security measures of all police stations in the city by amplifying the boundary walls and adding more watch towers.
The police are also seeking details of people occupying buildings and houses near police stations in the city. “We were asked to furnish details of all our employees and the shift timings by the police,” the owner of a business house near police station Maisuma said.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were also seen conducting counter-insurgency drills in a camp near Indoor Stadium, Srinagar. “At first I thought that it was a militant attack and security forces were moving cautiously towards the area where the ultras were hiding. But then I realized that it was just a drill,” Sameer Ahmad, a student of Amar Singh College opposite to Indoor Stadium, said.