Security Beefed Up For Kashmir Tourist Spots

28 March 2009

Srinagar: Kashmir police chief held a high-level meeting at the police control room to finalize security arrangements in Kashmir for the upcoming polls for the Indian parliament.The meeting decided to put the forces on alert and enhance security at tourist spots, highly sensitive polling centers and VIPs, and keep visitors from across the border and other states under strict surveillance. Chairing a meeting of top police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Forces (BSF) officers, the Director General of Police Kuldip Khoda (pictured), discussed counter measures to be undertaken in the face of a perceived militant threat during Lok Sabha elections. He directed the CRPF, the BSF and other security agencies to keep their men on alert in view of the current situation in the state and maintain a sharp vigil over the scenario. The police brass also decided to beef up security at tourist spots to ensure their safety. Sources said that the routes leading to tourist destinations like Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, the Mughal gardens, and the Tulip garden would be put under heavy guard to keep an eye on visitors. A platoon of policemen is to be deployed at polling booths classified as highly sensitive. The DGP impressed upon his subordinates to keep visitors from across the LoC and those entering from other states under strict surveillance as 'the situation was taking new turns with the recent infiltrations'.