July 13, 2018
Ahead of independence day celebrations, the Kashmir valley particularly Srinagar city, is under tight security to check the movement of militants and prevent them from carrying out any strike on that day.
The 72nd independence day function would be held at Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar and governor Narinder Nath Vohra would unfurl the tri-colour at the function. According to police sources, security arrangements were increased around the venue for the peaceful conduct of the function. Along with the police, the paramilitary and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have intensified patrolling, checking and frisking of vehicles at various flashpoints in Srinagar and other places of the valley.
Police sources also stated that there were inputs about a possible attack from militants on the independence day and government forces were keeping a tight vigil in areas bordering the city. The police are also cautious because of the gunfight that took place on Sunday morning at Batamaloo Srinagar between the militants and the security forces. In the gunfight, a policeman from Special Operation Group (SOG) wing was killed and five others including a civilian, three CRPF men and one policeman got injured. As per sources, the militants believed to be a group of five, escaped from the scene during the early hours of the operation. Later on, police claimed that they arrested two Overground workers (OGW) of the militants and they have been taken to custody to know whether there was a plan to carry out any strike on 15th August.
Additional Director General of Police. Muneer Ahmad Khan said in a statement that special arrangements were made ahead of 15th August. “The Arrest of two OGW’s is a great achievement of the police and their interrogation would reveal the plan of the militants”, Khan said. Meanwhile, this year, the situation remained volatile in the Kashmir valley, as at least 242 persons including civilians, militants and security forces were killed in militancy-related incidents till July.
Inspector General of Police and CRPF Srinagar Ravideep Sahi told media reporters that there will be a three-tier security in the Srinagar city for the smooth functioning of the 15th August function.Â This year, the venue for the August 15 event was changed from Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium to the Bakshi Stadium which is undergoing renovation. Sahi also said that sharpshooters, Drones and CCTV cameras would also be deployed for monitoring the event.