Security tightened across Kashmir ahead of 75th Independence Day celebrations

Security has been beefed up in Kashmir ahead of Independence Day celebrations as security forces resorted to “technical surveillance”, including the use of drones, to monitor the situation, officials said on Friday.

Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in heavy numbers in the city and at several places in the Valley to thwart any attempt by the terrorists to disrupt the ceremony, he said.

Officials said that sudden searches of vehicles and people are being conducted at several places in the Valley, especially around the venues of the events of August 15.

He said the main function would be held at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here and it would be presided over by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.

Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said that all security arrangements have been made in the Valley and the security forces are on alert.

“There is checking, search and drone surveillance on people. We are using technical monitoring. We will ensure an incident-free function in every district including Srinagar,” Kumar told reporters here.

He said that people should not feel any kind of fear and should participate in the programmes.

“Pakistan always instigates terrorists to stop people by carrying out terrorist acts. Don’t be afraid, your force is ready and we will provide security,” said the IGP.

Kumar was talking to reporters at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium, where a full dress rehearsal took place. The function was presided over by the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pol.

Officials said Pol unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past.

He also inspected the parade on the occasion.

Officials said contingents of various security forces took part in the march past.

He informed that various senior civil administration and police officers were present on the occasion.

As a precautionary measure, the security forces sealed the road link from Sonwar Chowk to TRC Chowk around the venue and the traffic was diverted to other routes, officials said.

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