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Security heightened alert in Srinagar

Government forces have been put on a heightened alert in Kashmir following inputs of a possible militant attack in the city ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, police said today.

The government forces in Kashmir, especially the city, were put on heightened alert following recovery of two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in HMT area here over the past two days, the police official said.

Pertinently, police and paramilitary forces have already started carrying out area domination exercises in many parts of the city, including random vehicle checks and search operations.

The official said as part of these exercises, the government forces carried out cordon and search operations in some parts of the old city for the first time in nearly two decades.

“There are intelligence inputs that militants might try to carry out an attack on security forces in the city ahead of the Republic Day celebrations. The security grid is geared up to thwart any such incident,” he said.

The militants, who suffered heavy casualties last year at the hands of government forces, have recently changed tactics, using IEDs in their bid to target forces, he said.

The first IED was recovered from Zainakote area on Srinagar-Baramulla road on Saturday while the second was detected few kilometres away at Maloora on Srinagar-Bandipora road yesterday.

Four policemen were killed in an IED explosion triggered by militants in Sopore area of Baramulla district on January 06.

Meanwhile, the main Republic Day function in Kashmir will be held at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium at Sonawar this year as the regular venue–Bakshi Stadium–is undergoing renovation.

Militants, in the past, tried to stage spectacular attacks ahead of Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir but over the past decade, their plans were foiled by the government forces.

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