Security beefed up across Kashmir after fresh spate of attacks
Srinagar: Security has been beefed up across Kashmir in the wake of a fresh spate of terrorist attacks in the valley which resulted in the killing of a police personnel and a non-local labourer, officials said.
Security forces have intensified checking and frisking of vehicles and pedestrians in several parts of the city here as well as in other parts of the valley, the officials said.
Nakas and mobile vehicle checkpoints (MVCP) have been established at all major intersections of the city, its entry/exit points, and important roads leading to district headquarters, they added.
Police and paramilitary CRPF personnel have been deployed at sensitive places, especially around minority population areas, the officials said.
They said the security forces are also keeping a watch, including night domination, in the areas where non-locals reside.
While most of the non-local labourers have left the valley because of the cold weather, few are still putting up in ghettos, they added.
The valley has seen a fresh spate of terrorist attacks. Terrorists shot dead a policeman, a father of seven, outside his house in Baramulla district on Tuesday.
On Sunday, a police officer was critically injured in firing by terrorists in Srinagar while a labourer from Uttar Pradesh was shot dead in Pulwama district on Monday.
A senior police official said the focus of the security apparatus is to prevent the loss of life of even a single person.
Referring to the modus operandi of the attacks, the police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attacks are mafia-style where a new recruit is given a task to prove loyalty by hitting a soft target before joining the terror ranks.
In the wake of the attacks, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha chaired the meeting of Unified Headquarters (UHQ) on Wednesday.
The high-level meeting, held at the Raj Bhavan here, discussed the prevailing security scenario of J&K, the officials said.
The meeting was the first for the newly appointed Jammu and Kashmir Police chief R R Swain.
Apart from Swain, the Army’s top brass, including General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) Northern Command, both General Officers Commanding (GOCs) of Army in Kashmir and Jammu (15th and 16th Corps), Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta, Home Secretary R K Goyal, all heads of CAPFs, intelligence agencies, attended the meeting.
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