Offices reopen in State amid tight security

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Srinagar, May 5: The offices of the Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues and other darbar move departments reopened here this morning amid unprecedented security arrangements.

The offices were closed at Jammu on April 25 in the afternoon.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and his cabinet colleagues were among first who arrived in the secretariat at 0915 hrs.

Security personnel were seen 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 to keep a close watch on pedestrians and vehicles.

Official sources said about five more companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police have been deployed to thwart any militant attempt to attack secretariat.

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 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.

The employees were taken to secretariat and other offices in 62 fully protected buses from their residence.


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