Security put on alert in Kashmir valley

10-SECURITY HIGH ALERT

Srinagar: In the wake of the militant attack in Kathua, security men have been put on an alert across the Kashmir valley. Immediately after the attack, a general alert was sounded across the Valley and security men were asked to increase the vigil. The security forces also set up check points in various parts of the Valley, including Srinagar city.

“After the attack in the Jammu region, a general alert was sounded and all nakas (check points) around Srinagar city have been alerted. Intensive patrolling is also being conducted,” said CRPF spokesman in Srinagar Kishore Prasad.

Checking of vehicles was conducted by the police and CRPF men, who were seen stopping mostly light motor vehicles. Police sources said security was beefed up just as a precautionary measure.

With the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, security agencies suspect that militants might try to step up violence, the sources added.

The security forces have launched a massive offensive against militants in Kashmir and this year so far 23 militants have been killed in various operations. A number of militants have also been detained during these months. The sources said the security forces, including the Army, have also been asked to increase the night patrol in sensitive areas of the Valley.

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