In the wake of reports of militant presence in Kashmir's capital Srinagar, the security has been strengthened across the city ahead of the Independence Day.
Most entry points to the Lal Chowk and Srinagar's I-Day celebrations venue, Bakshi Stadium, have been secured with iron barricades. Vehicles and pedestrians are put through random check to keep a check on militant activities.
The security has been intensified after the killing of a retired police officer and a grenade attack in Srinagar. Last week, suspected militants fired at the police officer after Friday prayers with an AK-47 rifle in Batamaloo, enough an indication of gunmen's presence in close vicinity of commercial hub Lal Chowk.
"Peace is our priority and we are fully prepared to ensure peace on August 15. We have ample security arrangements in place as was being done earlier on the Independence Day," said Kashmir inspector general of Police Shiv Murari Sahai.
A three-tier security arrangement has placed around Bakshi Stadium. Sniffer dogs, Close Circuit Television Cameras, high-tech access control equipment and human surveillance are part of the tightened security.
The buildings near the venue are under surveillance and the vantage points in the area are guarded by security forces with sharp shooters manning these points. In the wake of series of grenade blasts and targeted killings in north and south Kashmir in the past two months, security has been heightened in these districts too to ward off any attempt by militants to resort to any attack on the upcoming I-Day, just two days away.
Hardline and moderate Hurriyat groups led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq respectively have called for a shutdown on August 15.