Areas around Bakshi Stadium sealed, commandos deployed
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In the wake of recent militant strikes, unprecedented security measures have been put in place in the Valley for peaceful conduct of August 15 functions
Police and paramilitary forces intensified patrolling in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley. Many nakas and check-points have been set up across the Valley, where cops were searching the vehicles and commuters.
The cops had set up nakas at Pantha Chowk, Sonwar, M A Road, Lal Chowk, Nishat, Shalimar, Batamaloo, Karangar, Nowgam and other areas and thoroughly checking vehicles.
All the roads leading to Bakshi Stadium were dotted by the security personnel, who were checking vehicles and frisking pedestrians. All the four sides of the stadium have been sealed and none of the vehicle was allowed to bypass through the area.
The main August 15 function in Valley will be held at Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar, where Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed would unfurl the tri-colour and take the salute.
The Stadium, according to police sources, has been put under tight security cover with sharp-shooters deployed atop buildings adjacent to the venue
“We are maintaining a close coordination with other security agencies to ensure smooth and peaceful functions,” said a senior police official, wishing not to be named.
He said although there is no specific militant threat but they can’t take a chance with security. “Our men are alert and ready to deal with any challenge.”
Police sources said all Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been made operational to check any suspicious movements.
Sources said the security deployment in Srinagar would be further beefed up in the evening.
They said mobile services are likely to remain disconnected from 8 am to 12 noon as part of the security requirement.
The authorities also placed Hurriyat leaders under house detention.
Fearing waiving of Pakistan flags in city, the administration imposed curfew-like restrictions in downtown Srinagar.
A police officer said restrictions were imposed in police station areas of Rainawari, Khanyar, M R Gunj, Safakdal, Nowhata and Maisuma.
Police and paramilitary CRPF personnel were deployed in strength in sensitive areas to prevent youth and separatists from taking out pro-Pakistan rallies to mark neighbouring country’s Independence Day.
Meanwhile, all top separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan and other were either placed under house arrest or detained.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmad Lone said no restrictions will be enforced on August 15.