Terror Strikes Surge In Valley Ahead Of R-Day
22 January 2006
The Times of India
Srinagar: In the run up to Republic Day, terror strikes have increased in the Kashmir Valley. On Saturday, five people were injured in an attack on a security picket at Srinagar's Budshah Chowk. A CRPF jawan, a policeman and three civilians were injured when terrorists lobbed a grenade at the picket. Terrorists and separatist leaders in the Valley have also been actively calling general strikes, besides asking people to desist from attending official functions on any national day. Celebration venues are also being targeted across J&K . In response, security agencies have been taking extra measures to frustrate designs of the militants. This year too, security has been beefed-up across the state to counter any terrorist activity. The state government has instructed all employees to attend the forthcoming celebrations on January 26 to be held in Jammu as well as Srinagar. Forces have also been alerted against possible terrorist attacks on or before Republic Day. There are intelligence inputs that militants may try to show their presence in the Valley, particularly in Srinagar, said IG K Rajendra Kumar. Sources said 10 persons were put in preventive detention and all outstation vehicles were being searched. Near Bakshi Stadium, which is the venue for R- Day celebrations in Srinagar, forces are conducting house-to-house searches in nearby localities and tenants have been asked to register themselves with the police.