Security beefed up across Kashmir, snipers deployed in Srinagar

Security beefed up across Kashmir, snipers deployed in Srinagar
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Srinagar, Jan 25: Sharpshooters have been deployed atop high-rising buildings on the road leading to S K Cricket Stadium, which is the main venue for R-Day function in Kashmir, to throttle any militant attack while security has been beefed up across the valley in view of series of grenade attacks on forces recently.
Meanwhile, six people — two from Srinagar, two from Ganderbal, one from Bandipora and one from Delhi — have been arrested in connection with the recent grenade attacks in the valley.
Checkpoints have been established at various places in the city, where security forces are randomly checking vehicles, frisking passengers and checking their identity cards before allowing them to move ahead.
The road along S K Cricket stadium remained closed from about a week for vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement due to security reasons. However, the main RD function in the state will be held in Jammu, which is the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharpshooters from paramilitary forces and state police personnel have been deployed in and around S K Cricket stadium and some high rise buildings in civil lines to foil any militant attempt to cause any disturbances during the RD celebrations. Security forces holding automatic weapons were keeping a close watch on buildings, roads and open space around the stadium with the help of binoculars.
“A high alert has also been issued in Kashmir valley, including Srinagar city, following inputs about the militant plan to carry out attack on security and other important installation on or before RD function, which will be held at S K Cricket Stadium since revocation of Bakshi stadium was going on for the past few years,” a security force official said.
He said movement of traffic on road stretch leading to the venue from Radio Kashmir Chowk to Ram Munshi Bagh/Gupkar Crossing remained suspended since last week for security reasons. “Field commanders have been directed to remain extra vigilant in Kashmir, particularly around sensitive security installations and S K Stadium,” he added.
For the past few days security forces and state police personnel have intensified night and foot patrolling in the city, particularly the areas which come within the radius of five km from the stadium as in the 90s militants used to fir rockets and grenades towards the venue on Independence Day and RD. Additional security forces also remained deployed in other parts of the summer capital.
Reports of similar security arrangements were also received from other district and tehsil headquarters where the RD functions were organized on Saturday.
A civilian was injured when militants hurled a hand grenade towards the security forces at K P Road in south Kashmir district of Anantnag on January 19. On January 18, militants lobbed a grenade at CRPF party near Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk though no one was injured in the attack.
Three policemen, including an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), were injured in a grenade attack by militants on January 17 near Zero Bridge in Srinagar. Militants on January 11 hurled a hand grenade towards a picket of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. No one was injured in the attack.