Security beefed up in J&K ahead of Republic Day, JeM threatens to strike

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Wahid Bhat | Srinagar

Ahead of Republic Day, security has been beefed up all across the nation including the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Police officers in the valley told Ground Report, there have been inputs that militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) is planning terror strike in the Valley before or on Republic Day.

Security personnel has been deployed across the city who have set up barricades and check posts at several points. At Lal Chowk, police and CRPF personnel are allowing vehicles and civilians only after a thorough check. Meanwhile, security forces have sealed the area and plugged the routes towards the venue of Republic Day celebrations. “Security measures have been put in place to ensure the Republic Day celebrations takes place peacefully,” the officials said They said security has been beefed up in Srinagar especially in the wake of recent grenade attacks in the city.

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“Security forces have been asked to remain alert at major points and more check posts have been set up, with vehicles entering the city being checked randomly,” the officials added. On Friday, militants carried out several grenade attacks on security forces in Kashmir, including one in the Lal Chowk area of the city, but there were no reports of any casualty. Earlier on Thursday, militants hurled a grenade on police personnel at Zero Bridge here, resulting in injuries to three policemen.

Talking about restrictions, a police spokesperson said that the movement of traffic on the stretch from Radio Kashmir Chowk to Ram Munshi Bagh/Gupkar Crossing has been “restricted” till the Republic Day function. “Due to security reasons, the road stretch from Radio Kashmir Chowk up to Ram Munshi Bagh /Gupkar Crossing has been restricted for general vehicular movement till January 25 and there shall be a separate traffic regulation system for Republic day which will be put out in due course of time, the spokesman said. He said the motorists coming from Pantha Chowk and adjacent areas to the city center should adopt Sonwar-Ram Munshi Bagh-Dalgate-M A Road stretch and vice versa to commute.

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Motorists coming from Raj Bagh and adjacent areas intending to travel towards Pantha Chowk side should adopt Radio Kashmir Chowk-JK Bank Corporate Office Crossing-Dalgate-R M Bagh-Sonwar, the spokesman said. Those coming from Raj Bagh and adjacent areas intending to travel towards Pantha Chowk side should take Radio Kashmir Chowk-JK Bank Corporate Office Crossing-Dalgate-R M Bagh-Sonwar, the spokesman said.

Similarly, he said, motorists coming from south Kashmir/Pantha Chowk area intending to travel Barzulla/Hyderpora/Rambagh areas are requested to prefer national highway and enter via Natipora/Sanat Nagar.

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