Tight security in J&K ahead of R-Day
Security has been tightened with police personnel making random checking in all sensitive areas, reports Zorawar Singh Jamwal.india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 18:11 IST
Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, entire Jammu and Kashmir has been placed under thick security cover.
Following reports of armed terrorists - believed to be a group of three - managing to sneak in towards this side of the International Border from Matkola Border Post in between Border Pillar No 661 to 664 in Kanachack area some 30 km from Jammu, security forces are on tenterhooks to counter any sort of untoward incident.
After Tuesday's IED attack on CRPF convoy in south Kashmir's Pznzgam area of Pulwama, which left three personnel dead and five others injured, security has further been beefed up to ensure violence free Republic Day celebrations.
Additional deployment has been called for guarding all venues at district headquarters where National Flag would be hoisted.
"Alert army troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) in the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch are keeping a close watch on any kind of moment near LoC to avoid attempts of infiltration by the armed intruders," official sources revealed.
"Security has been tightened with police personnel making random checking in all sensitive areas to avoid terrorist related incidents.
Necessary instructions have been passed and police has been instructed to ensure that while the common masses don't face hardships security is also taken care of," Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Sharma, who landed here after reviewing the security measures taken in Kashmir valley, told Hindustan Times.
Following confirmation of the report of cutting of fencing from Border Pillar Number 661-62, at Matkola Border Post in Kanachack area, on January 14, an alert has been sounded as according to some villagers, the moment of three unidentified persons was sighted in that area.
Notably few days ago BSF foiled a major infiltration bid on January 17 in the same area in which one Sub Inspector and a constable were injured. This was the first ever and a major violation of bilateral cease-fire on the International Border and LoC since the bilateral cease-fire was announced by India and Pakistan on November 26, 2003.
"Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) have been set up besides separate teams of Special Operation Group (SOG) have been constituted to conduct searches in forest areas in the outskirts of the winter capital here to ensure violence free celebrations," the official sources disclosed adding that "heavy deployment of police and CRPF personnel has been called in for vigil outside the Civil Secretariat and Assembly Halls, here as Budget Session is also on these days."
Meanwhile, police in the past week have rounded two dozens suspects from different parts of Jammu for questioning.