Tight security for Republic Day functions in J&K

Jammu/Srinagar, Jan 25: Tight security has been put in place for Republic Day celebrations in both Jammu and Srinagar, including deployment of over 1,000 security personnel at Maulana Azad Stadium here.

The measures taken by security forces include drop gates, electronic access control equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles, drones and closed circuit television around sensitive installations in both cities.

Army personnel have been deployed around the Tawi river in Jammu while security on railway tracks between Jammu and Pathankot has also been stepped up.

Security agencies have shifted their focus to Jammu after two decades, a fallout of the January 2 terror attack at Pathankot airbase in Punjab.

Over two dozen anti-social elements have been taken into preventive custody in the border districts of Samba, Kathua and Jammu.

The army has pressed spotlights-fitted helicopters into service to carry out reconnaissance in sensitive areas.

“We have put in place three-tier security arrangements”, director general of police (DGP) K. Rajendra Kumar said, adding that no specific intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack in Jammu or elsewhere in the state had been received.

In Srinagar, security around the Bakshi Stadium has been beefed up for the January 26 parade. The main bus stand in Jammu will be closed on Tuesday for security reasons.

“We have been reviewing security arrangements ahead of the Republic Day on a daily basis to ensure no untoward incident takes places anywhere on Tuesday,” the DGP said.

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