Jammu/ Srinagar, January 23: With Republic Day approaching, the Army, Air Force and paramilitary forces have beefed up security in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of intelligence inputs of possible attacks by Pakistani militants.
Special security arrangements have been made along the 198-km-long international border and Jammu-Pathankot national highway.
Red alert was sounded after reports came of a taxi driver found dead in the Kangra in Himachal Pradesh and his taxi which was hired by three unidentified men went missing just days ago. A terror alert has been sounded across the Jammu region after Delhi police issued warning in same incident.
Talking about security arrangements, an official source briefed that all the border routes leading to garrison town of Samba have been taken over by CRPF. Random checkposts have been set and these will be maintained atleast till the Republic Day celebrations are over.
He further said that the Army has intensified foot patrols in Samba and ambushes have been laid at vulnerable stretches on the border by BSF. Samba has always remained on the terror radar of Pakistani militants since it is a major garrison town on the Jammu-Pathankot highway and has been attacked in the past.
All the Army installations and units dotting the Jammu-Pathankot highway have been virtually declared out of bounds for civilians till Republic Day is over. Also, additional concertina wires have been applied to strengthen barricades at cantonments on the highway.
“Patrolling is on, ambushes are in place and CCTV surveillance has been enhanced,” said a source in the Army.
Talking of southern Jammu, Army men have been directed to stay extra alert to notice any kind of action taken by Pakistan’s Border Action Teams (BATs), an amalgam of Lashkar militants and Pakistani Army regulars. Security has also been beefed up to unprecedented levels within and around the IAF Station in Jammu in order to ensure a peaceful conduct of R-day Parade.
Security has also been heightened to unprecedented levels within and around the IAF Station in Jammu.
The Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar which is a venue of parade has also been sanitised by CRPF. Reports say that a thick three-tier security cover would be thrown around the stadium in the coming days.
A high alert was also sounded in Kashmir Friday afternoon when a suspected vehicle entered Srinagar from south Kashmir after which the security men stepped up checking of vehicles across Srinagar.
DGP of J&K Police, K Rajendra Kumar is presently reviewing the venues for the R-Day functions across the region. He said, “The security of venues for the functions at different places needs to be reviewed by all agencies concerned and synergy should be ensured to make the celebrations more secure and successful.”
Not only in Srinagar security has also been enhanced around the venues and important installations at various districts of North and South Kashmir.