Heightened Security Continues Across Kashmir

Ahead of the Union Home Minister’s visit to J&K and in the wake of civilian killings, the security continued to remain tight with intense frisking,

seizing of bikes and speculative CASOs being conducted across Kashmir.

However, Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar, said that the seizure of bikes and the shutting down of internet in parts of Kashmir “is not related to the upcoming visit of Union Home Minister”.

“Seizing some bikes and shutting down of internet of some towers is purely related to terror and violence. It has nothing to do with the visit of the Hon’ble HM,” IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said in a tweet. His tweet comes amid an alleged police crackdown on bikers, particularly in Srinagar areas.

Meanwhile, a top police officer told Greater Kashmir: “We have been directed to remain extra alert and strengthen the intelligence and security grids in our respective areas of jurisdiction.”

“Police, paramilitary forces and other security apparatus have been directed to maintain close surveillance and keep close track of inimical elements,” the officer said.

On Thursday also, heavy deployment of security forces was witnessed in Srinagar. More check-posts manned by joint parties of police and paramilitary forces have been set up in Srinagar for frisking.

Many mobile bunkers of police and paramilitary forces were seen in standby mode at several places in Srinagar. At the mobile bunkers stationed at TRC crossing, Lal Chowk, Jehangir Chowk, M A Road, Bemina, Parimpora, Bypass, the joint police teams CRPF were seen checking vehicles and seeking identity cards of the travellers.

There were also “speculative CASOs” in parts of the city since morning. However, during operations, no one was arrested. “More area domination was carried out in Srinagar,” a senior police officer said here, adding that vigil has been stepped up across Kashmir.

During the day, scores of bikes were seized by police from parts of the city.

Besides Srinagar, reports reaching here from other district headquarters said that police and paramilitary forces were stopping vehicles and checking the passengers’ identity cards.