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Security for by-poll in Kashmir discussed

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Mar 26 (UNI) Apprehending trouble following boycott call by separatist organisations and threat perception, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police Gopal Sharma finalized the security arrangement for forthcoming by-elections in three Assembly segments in the Kashmir valley.

The by-elections for three Assembly segments of Pattan, Sangrama and Rafiabad in north Kashmir are going to be held on April 24, 2006.

Besides both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Kashmir Bar Association (KBA) and all the militant outfits have issued poll boycott call.

Stressing upon the police and security forces to remain vigilant against the forces inimical to peace, the police chief said that exercising extra alertness and close cooperation between various wings of security agencies is key for frustrating the nefarious designs of disruptive elements.

He said that the forces opposing the democratic process may try to disturb the peace and create hurdles in the smooth conduct of polling in these areas.

He said all efforts should be made so that the people could participate in the election process without any fear.

Mr Sharma also reviewed over all existing security scenario in the valley with special reference to Srinagar city in view of annual Darbar Move to summer capital in the first week of May this year and said that all precautions should be taken for security of the move offices and employees.

Speaking in the meeting, the Inspector General of Police said that intelligence and other reports suggest that there was a threat perception from the anti- national elements.


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