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.
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.
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