Security beefed up in JK, Hurriyat calls for strike on I-Day

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Srinagar, Aug 13: Security has been beefed up across Kashmir Valley ahead of Independence Day, in view of alert issued by the Centre about a possible militant strike.

A three-tier security blanket has been thrown around Bakshi stadium, the main venue for the Independence Day celebration in Jammu and Kashmir, to thwart any attempt by militants to carry out a strike, officials said.

They said although the deployment of the security personnel this year is not as visible as in earlier years, the security grid is relying on modern gadgetry like closed circuit TV cameras and human intelligence to ensure a peaceful Independence Day.

Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called for a general strike on Monday to impress upon the world community the gravity of the situation in Kashmir.

"It is ironic when India is celebrating its Independence Day, the entire population of Kashmir is being held hostage by the security apparatus," the Hurriyat said in a statement.

The deployment of police and paramilitary CRPF personnel has been carried out around Bakshi stadium and all roads leading to the venue are likely to be sealed for public from tomorrow.

The security forces along the Line of Control as well as inside the Valley have been put on a high alert following inputs about a possible militant attack to disrupt the celebrations, a senior official said.

The troops along the LoC have been directed to remain vigilant as army apprehends that militants might try to infiltrate into this side to carry out attacks on security forces and civilians. 


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