Police Chalks Out Strategy To 'handle Victory Processions'

21 December 2014
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Fearing law and order problem during and after counting of votes for recently-held Assembly elections on Tuesday, police have decided to deploy additional forces in Kashmir areas 'to thwart any untoward incident.' 'We have made extraordinary security arrangements for vote counting in Kashmir zone,' Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Abdul Ghani Mir told Greater Kashmir. 'A strategy has also been chalked out to deal with any law and order problem during or after the counting.' Reliable sources in police said besides counting centers across Kashmir, heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces will be deployed in 'sensitive areas' of the Valley. 'Clashes during victory processions cannot be ruled out,' they said. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said apart from ensuring safety arrangements 'we called a meeting of candidates of different political parties and issued directives to their supporters to be followed on the counting day.' Police sources said movement on Dalgate-Nishat road on Tuesday will be restricted in view on counting at the SKICC. 'Movement of civilian vehicles will not be allowed on the road till counting is over,' they said. Deputy Commissioner Bandipora has already ordered ban on victory processions in Hajin, Dawar, Sumbal and Bandipora town on Tuesday. Divisional Commissioner Jammu Shantamanu said all necessary arrangements have been made for peaceful counting in the Jammu region.