Militants plan to target Secretariat in JK

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Srinagar, May 4: Security forces were put on high alert following intelligence inputs that militant were planning to create disturbances on the eve of reopening of the offices of the JK Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues and other darbar move departments here tomorrow.

A UNI correspondent who visited different parts of the city saw security personnel guarding the streets including civil secretariat -- the area where offices of Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad and his ministers are located. A large number of security force personnel have been deployed in and outside the secretariat.

They kept a close watch on pedestrains and vehicles.

''Do not stop, please move as we have orders not to allow any vehicle or civilian to stop on the road adjacent to secretariat'', a security jawan told photo journalists.

Security forces were also deployed on the fly-over where militants detonated a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in March resulting in the death of a civilian and injuries to 16 others. In 1990s, militants made about a dozen rocket and grenade attacks on secretariat causing injuries to employees.

All darbar move offices, seat of the government, were closed in winter capital, Jammu, on April 25 afternoon.

Official sources said a high level meeting convened by Chief Secretary B R Kundal here yesterday finalised the arrangement for the darbar move.

They said all the officials coming with the darbar move, except those who have their own house, will be given fully protected accommodation at identified places in the city.

There are 75 hostels containing 2100 rooms for move officials in safe zones being protected by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police personnel round the clock.

Sources said 62 fully protected buses will be made available for ferrying these employees from their residence and office in the morning and afternoon.

UNI

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