Security beefed up in Srinagar as Darbar Move offices reopen


Srinagar, (UNI)

Security forces have intensified searches and frisking to foil any attempt by militants to carry out attack in the summer, Srinagar, where the civil secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, re-opened on Monday.

Recently, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar had said that Srinagar can’t be militancy-free as ultras come to the summer capital for various reasons, including medical treatment, raising funds and meetings.

Security forces have established naka checking at several places, including Jahangir Chowk. The security personnel are checking passing vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, before allowing them to move ahead.

“We have directions to conduct random searches of vehicles and check the identity cards of those boarding the vehicle,” a security force jawan said at Budshah Bridge.

Official sources said a fresh alert has been issued to security forces and state police personnel on the ground to remain o alert to foil any militant attempt to smuggle in arms and ammunition from outskirts to cause disturbance in the city.

Checkpoints have also been established in Srinagar outskirts, where vehicles are being checked before allowing them inside the city to foil any attempt by militants to smuggle weapons.

Three encounters have taken place in the city since May 19 that left six militants dead, including top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Junaid Sehrai.

Mr Kumar said Srinagar is such a city where militants keep coming for medical treatment, raising funds, meetings etc, adding the city cannot be militancy-free. However, he said security forces are read to meet any eventuality and asserted that militants are being neutralized before they could establish a base in the city.

The IGP said there are currently 12 militants -- including four from Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), four from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and three from Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) – who are on the top list of security forces in the valley. “We will neutralize all these militants very soon, Mr Kumar said.

Earlier last week, Mr Kumar said that 118 militants, including 107 locals and 11 foreigners, were killed in different encounters with security forces in the last six months in the valley, adding that there has been a decline of 48 per cent in new recruitment in militant ranks in 2020 as compared to 2019. “So far as many as 118 militants, including 11 Pakistani nationals and 107 locals, were killed in different encounters with security forces in the valley. The slain militants included top militant commanders and chiefs,” he said.

Of these, he said 57 were from HM, 25 were from LeT, 22 from JeM, rest were from other smaller groups. “Almost 50 per cent militants killed belong to HM,” he added.