Armed Militants Roaming In City18 March 2010
Srinagar: In the wake of ‘spotting of active militants’ by spy agencies in Srinagar and the recent threat to step up violence levels in urban areas by UJC chairman Syed Salahuddin, the security agencies have been directed to strengthen the security apparatus in Srinagar and rest of the Valley. “Gun wielding militants are back in city after 2006. It has become major cause of concern for the security agencies,” a senior police officer said. He said the militants earlier used to shot people with silencer-fitted pistols. “Now in many incidents they are using AK-47 rifles. The use of weapon itself describes the situation,” he said. The official said movement of active militants has been noticed in some parts of city. “There is every likelihood that militants may strike again in the coming days. To prevent militants from carrying out assaults, the security agencies have directed police and CRPF men to remain alert to meet any eventuality,” he said. Following Tuesday’s attack, the police and CRPF men have intensified their vigil and patrolling. The strength of troopers guarding vital installations has been intensified. Vehicles were being thoroughly searched and pedestrians frisked across the city. At several places in city, passengers were asked to disembark from vehicles and queue-up for frisking by cops. The police and CRPF men have also intensified night patrolling. They erect nakas and roadblocks in the night and screen each and every vehicle passing through these entry points. DIG Central Kashmir, H K Lohia said the security apparatus in the city have been reviewed after the recent shoot-outs. “We have intensified security following detection of militant movement in the city,” he said. He said militants have no permanent bases in Srinagar. “They come from north and south Kashmir, strike in Srinagar and then return to their basis. They have shown their presence in the city,” Lohia told Rising Kashmir. DIG said three to four incidents don’t signify that large number of militants have intruded into the city. Stating that it is almost impossible to screen militants, who intrude from outside city, Lohia said, “Every person coming to Srinagar cannot be monitored. Large number of people and vehicles come to Srinagar each day from different corners of Valley”. He, however, said every possible measure has been taken to thwart militant attack. About the investigations in the recent militant attack at Koker Bazar, Lohia said, “It is not that we are completely blank. We have got some leads and are working on it”. The security apparatus has also been intensified in the wake of recent statement of UJC chairman Syed Salahuddin. He had threatened escalation in militant attacks in urban areas. He had also cautioned J&K Police against taking up the frontline role against militancy. “Our targets are army and paramilitary personnel but when our brothers (local Policemen) choose to face us they get harmed, we regret this,” he had said.