With inputs suggesting escalation in militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities have asked security forces to remain extra vigilant and frustrate any attempt by militants to disrupt the forthcoming republic day celebrations in the state.
"There are intelligence reports suggesting further spurt in militant attacks ahead of and during the Republic Day celebrations. We have taken a number of measures to frustrate the nefarious designs of militants," police said.
As part of the steps taken to ensure peace during the Republic day celebrations, police and CRPF have been asked to intensify checking, area domination and patrolling particularly during the night hours, the police said.
"The people will also face surprise search and cordon operations parlticularly in the busy areas during the coming days. The move is aimed at keeping the militants away from commercial areas where there is a possibility of more civilian causalities in case of a militant strike," they said.
Kashmir valley has seen a spurt in militant activities since the last week of December. The deadly ambush on CRPF personnel in Sopore town, 54 kms from here in North Kashmir's Baramulla district, on December 30 left four jawans dead and another injured.
The attack preceded several grenade attacks in the town (Sopore), emerging as the launching pad for attacks in other parts particularly in Srinagar with intelligence agencies suggesting the presence of a number of top militants in the area.