Security up prior to Wani anniversary

Security up prior to Wani anniversary

Security up prior to Wani anniversary
Security agencies are keeping a close watch on Kashmir in view of the fast-approaching anniversary of Burhan Wani’s killing.

Officials said all measures have been taken to ensure that the death anniversary does not become another moment for fuelling protests in the Valley.

Wani’s killing by security forces in an encounter on July 8 last year had triggered large-scale violence in the Valley, which witnessed stone-pelting incidents almost throughout the year.

A senior official said security and intelligence gathering mechanism have been strengthened and that they are making all efforts to ensure there is no flare-up.

Officers optimistic

Officials are optimistic about Kashmir, saying the situation has improved a lot and is under control now, compared to the unrest in the Valley last year.

The security establishment believes that terrorist organisations based in Pakistan would try to fan anger among youths in the state and try to take advantage of the situation.

Sources also said security has been stepped up at military installations which were targeted by terrorists in the past.

The security forces are painting a confident picture, saying only 19 out of 115 infiltration attempts were successful.

However, official statistics presented before Parliament earlier this year showed that 88 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in 2016 which was the highest in the last six years.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, however, told Parliament in March that the participation of youngsters in violence has “ceased” this year.
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