Drones to keep vigil on protestors

Nagender Jamwal
In order to curb the violent protest in the valley, authorities have decided to put entire Valley under aerial surveillance of drones and helicopters fitted with high resolution video cameras to keep an eye on the situation. Authorities also put army on standby which will step in if there is fresh outbreak of violence in the Valley, sources said.
Sources said, “All the places put under aerial surveillance by pressing UAVs into service to keep track on subversive elements and miscreants. Choppers fitted with hi-tec gadgets will keep surveillance all over the Valley.”
High resolution video cameras fitted at vantage points across Kashmir to monitor the markets and other places in major towns of Valley and Srinagar city and added that these cameras will be used for real time monitoring and will record the events.
Helicopters and drones will keep a bird’s eye vigil from the skies and give early warning to security forces in case of assembly of people in certain areas, the sources said. Drones took the footages of protests from Closed Circuit Cameras (CC cameras) and video cameras at different places across the valley and monitored the situation by security personnel who then directed the officials of the districts concerned.
The Army, which has been asked to be on standby, will step in if there is fresh outbreak of violence in the Valley, which has been witnessing widespread unrest for over two months leading to death of over 75 people so far, sources said.
Army troops have already been stationed at vantage points in rural areas which have a history of violent protests, they said.
The decision to impose restrictions on assembly of large number of people has been taken in view of the call by separatists for a march to the local offices of the United Nations today, sources said.
This is probably for the first time that curfew will be in place on the day of Eid festival ever since militancy broke out in the state in 1990.
Meanwhile, authorities sealed Eidgah Srinagar and Anantnag where large Eid congregations are held every year. This is for the first time in 26 years since the onset of militancy that no Eid congregations will be held at the Idgah and Hazratbal shrines here but however, public allowed to offer Eid prayers in local mosques, sources said.
They said security forces out on the streets in adequate strength following apprehension of violence by the separatist elements, who often use women and children as “shields” during protest rallies resulting in civilian casualties.

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