India beefs up security in Kashmir, ahead of Jan 26

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Text by Muheet ul Islam, Photographs by Shahid Tantray

Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir

The security apparatus in the Indian-controlled Kashmir has been beefed up and the authorities sounded caution for any untoward incident, two days ahead of Indian Republic day on Jan. 26.

The local policemen and troopers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were seen checking vehicles, frisking pedestrians in Srinagar and other adjoint areas. The policemen are checking vehicles for explosives using metal detectors.

The venue for the state celebrations on the republic day, Bakshi Stadium, has been cordoned by the police and paramilitary forces. Also, spotted in the city are the paramilitary troopers with sniffer dogs to carry out searches for explosives. The pro-freedom groups have called for a complete shutdown in the region on the eve of Jan. 26.

“Adequate security arrangements have been put in place across the region particularly in main towns and cities of Srinagar and Jammu to ensure peaceful celebrations,” a news agency, quoted a senior police official.

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