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Indian Republic Day causes inconvenience to IOK people

Srinagar, January 24, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have tightened the so-called security across the territory ahead of India’s Republic Day, the 26th January, causing inconvenience to the people. Heavy contingents of Indian troops and police personnel have been deployed in Srinagar and other towns of the occupied territory to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations.

The troops and policemen have set up security checkpoints with sliding barricades at all entry points of Srinagar and Jammu. The forces’ personnel are carrying out thorough frisking of vehicles causing massive inconvenience to commuters. Random frisking and checking of people is being done at a number of places in Srinagar.

All roads leading to Srinagar’s Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the official function, have been sealed. Sharp-shooters have been positioned at the high-rise buildings around the stadium to keep an eye on venue. CCTV cameras have been installed at all sensitive locations in Srinagar and Jammu. Frisking, random searches and checking of identity cards by Indian police and paramilitary personnel could be witnessed at several places in Srinagar. Reports of similar exercises have been received from other towns of occupied Kashmir.

In Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of Srinagar, and its adjoining areas, the forces have set up checkpoints at which the vehicles entering the city are searched randomly. Similar measures have been put in place in parts of old Srinagar. “The men-in-uniform registering the number and timing of every public and private vehicle, and check the identity cards of people,” Junaid Ahmad, a resident of Baramulla, said.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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