State level functions end on peaceful note
Srinagar, Aug 15: Normal life was hit on Saturday in wake of 15 August celebrations in Kashmir. Function related to I-Day passed off peacefully amid heightened security.
Shops and business establishments in Srinagar remained closed in wake of Covid restrictions as well as the prevailing situation. Vehicular traffic remained off the roads. Only police, paramilitary and Army vehicles were seen plying on the deserted roads of Kashmir.
To ensure the peaceful function at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium Srinagar, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were used to monitor the movement of people and sleuths of Special Security Guards (SSGs) monitored the activities of the participants with binoculars frin trees and buildings around the stadium.
During the August 15 function at SK Stadium, UAV hovered over the area and its movement was being controlled from Police Control Room (PCR) Srinagar.
Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed outside the stadium and were witnessed carrying out patrolling of the deserted streets around the stadium and of other roads of Srinagar.
In old Srinagar, armored vehicles were on standby at most road junctions and large numbers of forces personnel were deployed to thwart any protest demonstration.
A police official told KNT that they had laid additional nakas to thwart ‘any effort to disrupt peace’ at scores of places in Srinagar and other towns of Kashmir. Heavy deployment of forces was witnessed at scores of places in Srinagar that included Khanyar, Nowhatta, Bohri Kadal, Hawal, Rajouri Kadal, and Eidgah. The deployment of forces was also witnessed in sensitive areas of civil lines.
Commercial hub Lal Chowk was put out of limits for public and the roads leading to the area were sealed at many places with razor wire and armored vehicles.
The situation in South Kashmir remained peaceful. In Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian August 15 celebrations culminated on a peaceful note.
In North Kashmir’s Bandipora, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara and Handwara towns, situation also remained peaceful.
A police officer said that the day passed off peacefully across Kashmir.