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Ahead of Eid-Ul-Adha, the state government has directed authorities across the state of Jammu and Kashmir to increase the deployment of security forces and take other measures to ensure peaceful Eid-ul-Adha congregations and prayers.

Eid-Ul-Adha is an Islamic festival of the Muslim Community, which would be celebrated on 22nd August 2018 in India. According to government officials, instructions were given to the police and the district administration in all the districts of Kashmir valley to maintain security and other arrangements.

The District commissioners and SSP’s have also been directed to monitor the situation very closely in order to avoid law and order problems in the valley after Eid prayers. “We are fully prepared that no untoward incident happens on Eid and want safety and security of the people. People should celebrate this festival without any problem,” says police officials.

Meanwhile, security forces including the police, CRPF and paramilitary troops have also been asked to be extra vigil on the day of Eid. “The activities of all the youth who had been arrested in the previous years, released on the charges of stone pelting in the past, are being properly monitored,” the police official said. “There will also be additional deployment of security forces in various place in Srinagar, Sopore, Tral, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and other places that witness frequent protests,” he added.

Meanwhile, sources say that it was unlikely that the government would release any political prisoners before Eid. A senior police official said that the Police was yet to take any decision over the release of any political prisoners.

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