Army fatigues sold in Srinagar market despite ban

Security tightened ahead of Independence Day celebrations

These uniforms were being sold by roadside vendors in Srinagar’s weekly flea market, in spite of increased deployment of security forces.

When asked about the sale of Army fatigues in flea market, SSP (Srinagar) Ashiq Bukhari said: “We will look into matter and take action if any one is found flouting the ban.”

The sale, purchase and storing army-like uniforms have been banned by the District Magistrate-Srinagar within the territorial limits of the summer capital for a period of six months on May 27, 2011. The order was passed as militants over the years have used Army uniforms while carrying out suicide attacks on security installations in the state.

The additional deployment of security forces has been carried out in view of the terror alert issued by the Home Ministry earlier this week about the possibility of militants carrying out attacks ahead of Independence Day in Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern states.

A day ahead of Independence Day, security around Bakshi Stadium, the main venue of the function and other venues in the Valley was strengthened.

A three-tier security blanket has been thrown around the stadium to thwart any attempt by militants to carry out a strike, officials said.

Modernised security

They said although the deployment of the security personnel this year is not as visible as in earlier years, the security grid is relying on modern gadgetry like closed circuit TV cameras and human intelligence to ensure a peaceful Independence Day. The deployment of police and paramilitary CRPF personnel has been carried out around Bakshi stadium and all roads leading to the venue have been sealed for public a day ahead of the function, where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is scheduled to take the salute at the parade.

All the residential and commercial buildings around the stadium have been sanitised by a joint search parties of police and CRPF. The troops along the Line of Control have been directed to remain vigilant as Army apprehends that militants might try to infiltrate into this side to carry out attacks on security forces and civilians.

Meanwhile, both factions of separatist Hurriyat Conference have called for a general strike on Monday.

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