Security Beefed up in Srinagar Ahead of Indian Republic Day

Srinagar, January 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have beefed up the so-called security in Srinagar and other areas of the territory ahead of India’s Republic Day, the 26th January, causing immense inconvenience to the people.
According to media sources, in Srinagar, almost a week ahead of the January 26 main function, the Indian police announced that the road stretch leading to the venue of main function has been closed for the general traffic. The main function in connection with the Republic Day will be held at a cricket stadium in Sonawar area of the city. A police spokesman in a statement said, 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. A number of makeshift bunkers have been erected by the troops and police personnel outside the stadium while frisking has been intensified across Srinagar particularly at all the entry and exit points of the city. A senior police official said that the venue would be put under constant surveillance by the forces’ personnel. He said that some CCTV cameras have already been installed at the venue while more would be installed in and around it to monitor the movement of the people. It is to mention here that the India’s Republic Day (January 26) and Independence Day (August 15) always bring more miseries for the people of occupied Kashmir. On these occasions, Indian troops and police personnel are deployed in strength in Srinagar and all other major towns. The forces’ personnel set up check points on all roads, lanes and by-lanes where commuters and vehicles are subjected to thorough checking and frisking. Meanwhile, the Indian police have asked the owners of educational coaching centres in Srinagar to suspend the class work till January 26. “A message was conveyed to us through concerned police officers directing us to wind up our operations till January 26. How can a police officer dictate terms as he has no mandate in this regard? If they want to shut the coaching centres, they should issue a formal order,” the owners said, terming the decision as dictatorial. The police in south Kashmir’s Islamabad town also have asked over 40 private coaching centres not to conduct classes. The coaching centres were closed on the verbal orders of police who have told the proprietors that their students were involved in stone pelting and hence creating law and order problem in the town. KASHMIR VOICE
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