January 2005 News

High Alert To Protect Minorities In Kashmir

27 January 2005
The Times of India

Srinagar: Police have alerted the security guards deployed for protecting the minority community areas in a bid to foil the designs to target the minority community members on the eve of Republic Day in Kashmir. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir range, Javid Mukhdoomi said all precautions have been taken and the sentry guarding the minority populated areas have been alerted. 'Going by the previous experiences we have made foolproof arrangements for this Republic Day. We have also alerted the security guards protecting the minority community populated areas to avoid any untoward incident', he said. Mukhdoomi said patrolling and area domination exercises have been intensified to keep ultras at bay. 'All possible measures have been taken in all parts of the valley and patrolling and area domination exercises have been further intensified for peaceful Republic Day in Kashmir', he added. Security agencies have received inputs that militants might be planning to create sensational attacks and hit the soft-targets to overshadow the Republic Day functions in Kashmir. 'We are fully geared up for the Republic Day. We are leaving nothing to chance. Particularly the apparent soft targets are being provided security so that militants are unable to do anything big', said K.Srinivasan, deputy inspector general of Border Security Force. He noted that they are working in tandem with local police in all the areas particualry the minority populated areas to make sure that ultras are unable to target them. 'Basically it is police which is provided security to the minority members in the valley. But we are working with them to ensure that no body treads into this territory. We have intensified our patrolling in these areas to keep ultras at bay and dominate the area', Srinivasan said. Nearly 9000 pandits are putting up in different areas of Kashmir valley particualry in the rural areas. Of them, around 2500 people are living in the twin districts of Anantnag and Pulwama in south Kashmir. It is followed by Srinagar and Budgam districts. After massacre of 23 pandits in Nadimarg in March 2003, the pandits staying back home had been demanding resettlment in special clusters in Kashmir.


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