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Tightened security in the Kashmir Valley ahead of R-Day | India News


SRINAGAR: Security has been tightened in Srinagar and other locations in Kashmir ahead of Republic Day on Tuesday, as forces have been deployed in massive numbers around Jan. 26 performance locations across the valley, authorities said Sunday.
Random vehicle checks and passenger searches were taking place in several places, they said.
The presence of security forces around vital facilities in and around the city, as well as at other district headquarters, has increased, officials said.
Security has also been strengthened around locations for Republic Day functions, including around the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here where the main function would take place in the valley, they added.
Officials said a thick layer of security has been placed around the site, a few kilometers from downtown Lal Chowk, and that the area has been disinfected.
Security forces have been asked to remain vigilant and more checkpoints have been erected in the city, they said.
Authorities closed the stretch of road from Radio Kashmir Crossing to Sonwar Crossing for the first half of the day on Sunday while full rehearsals were carried out at the stadium, officials said.
Kashmir Police Inspector General Vijay Kumar said the situation was under control and expressed confidence that the day would go by without incident.
He said multi-level security has been put in place and dominance and surveillance of the areas is underway.
“A three-tier security arrangement has been put in place. Areas are being monitored, vehicles are being searched and searched. Drones are also being used,” he said.
The IGP said that security forces were launching cordon and search operations also “where there is any suspicion” about the presence of terrorists.

Times of India