Security beefed-up in Srinagar, Jammu following grenade attacks

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‘Forces asked to maintain utmost vigil’

Srinagar, May 25 : Jammu and Kashmir Police Friday beefed up security here in Srinagar and Jammu city following the grenade attacks.
Police sources told KNS that that security has been tightened across the state especially in Jammu and Srinagar city in view of grenade attacks carried out by the militants in Jammu and Srinagar on Thursday night.
Two police personnel were injured in a grenade attack by suspected militants at the bus stand in Jammu on Thursday night, while a similar attack took place at a CRPF camp at Braripora in Nawakadal, in which no one was injured.
Today it was also reported that the suspected militants lobbed the grenade upon army’s 34 RR camp at Neehama area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Witnesses said that Police and CRPF men were seen carrying out frisking of vehicles, particularly LMVs. They were also checking the documents of motor bikes.
The vehicles entering into Srinagar through different entry points were also being thoroughly checked.
Additional deployment of forces and police was made at several places. “We have laid the Nakas across the city. We are monitoring the situation,” a senior police officer said. However, no one was reported to be arrested during the searches.
Police sources said that security apparatus around the civil secretariat was also beefed up after the grenade attack in the city.
One of the top police officials of Jammu division told KNS that police and other security forces in the Jammu city are also maintaining ‘extra vigil’. “We are taking precaution. The security has been geared up so that such incidents do not take place,” the official said wished not to be named.
The attacks came on a day when the government’s representative to Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma on Thursday visited Makhdoom Sahib, a popular Sufi shrine, on the first day of his visit to Kashmir after the announcement of a unilateral suspension of security operations in Kashmir during Ramzan.
Meanwhile sources said that in view of the recent Grenade attacks, the Director General of Police, Dr S. P Vaid has asked all the security forces to remain vigilant while performing their duties. “The cops need to remain vigilant in future to thwart the designs of subversive elements as they would attempt to create disturbances in the State. We have to remain abreast with the changing scenario and adopt new methods of policing to counter the challenges,” according to sources, the DGP has told the Security forces.
Sources said that the authorities in security agencies of JK have been asked to deploy additional forces in key areas and remain extra-vigilant in the state especially in Jammu and Srinagar city.
Sources told KNS that the police forces have also been asked to wear bulletproof jackets when on duty.
Meanwhile sources said that MHA has sought reports from the JK government about the status of law and order and over all security arrangements in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to sources while complimenting the role of the J&K Police and other security agencies, the MHA has said that it is always a challenging and daunting task for the security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir but due to sincere and effective efforts of all security agencies, they are ensuring peace in the state. (KNS)