FEARING A Baramulla-type attack, police and paramilitary forces have beefed up security in and around Srinagar by setting up additional barricades on all prominent roads in the city.
Officials said intelligence agencies had received an input that militants could target security or other installations in the city after failing to breach the headquarters of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town. A BSF constable was killed in the incident.
On Tuesday morning, forces from the Special Operations Group of the J&K Police, along with the CRPF, started stopping and checking vehicles. Temporary checkposts were set up near sensitive locations in the city and the civil secretariat.
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“We got an input about militant movement and a possible attack in the city, so security has been beefed up,’’ a senior police officer said.
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However, few vehicles plied on city roads due to a strike call by separatists. “Our vehicle was stopped and checked at Solina,’’ said Ishfaq Ahmad, a resident of Sanatnagar.
Before the protests began in July — after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani — only a few militants were on the police radar in Srinagar district. However, security officials now apprehend that taking advantage of the current situation, more militants may have managed to sneak into the city and could be waiting for an opportunity to strike.
The J&K Police and CRPF are in charge of security in the city. The charge of security of the outer perimeters of the Army’s 15 Corps also lies with the police, though the Army has its own check points at the start of the Corps headquarters. A senior Army officer told The Indian Express that after the Uri and Baramulla attacks, the Army was also on alert. “Our troops are alert and ready to meet any eventuality,” he said.
Officials said the number of militants in the Valley had gone up in the past three months due to infiltration, and there were reports that local youths could also have joined militant ranks.
Militants attack police station
Militants attacked Yaripora police station in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday evening, police said. The militants fled as they faced retaliation from the guards, the police added. Militants also snatched five rifles from a police picket in the same district on Tuesday.