Jammu on high alert, security beefed up

Jammu, Aug 14: Security agencies have sounded alert across Jammu region ahead of 72th Independence Day to be celebrated across tomorrow.
“With Independence Day to be celebrated tomorrow, trouble mongers may try to disrupt the peace by spreading hatred and communal messages but they are under scanner and will be dealt as per law,” a senior police official here said on Tuesday.
Pertinent to mention here that some of the incidents in the recent past including of grenade attack at Jammu Bus Stand, arrest of a terrorist with eight live hand grenades, seizure of Rs 30 lakh from Rohingyas and 50-kg heroin worth Rs 250 crores have raised eyebrows for the security agencies ahead of Independence Day.
He said that situation along international border and the Line of Control is also being monitored by the respective agencies including the BSF and the Army.
They said that the state police in assistance with army and para-military forces are on job and have strengthened the security grid to keep watch on any unwanted and suspicious movement.
“People in the bordering hamlets have been asked to remain alert and vigilant and inform the police on seeing any suspicious activity,” he added.
Meanwhile Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone Dr S D Singh Jamwal advocated for activating members of Village Defence Committees and Special Branch personnel for gathering intelligence ahead of Independence Day celebrations across the region.
He asked the officers of various agencies to maintain close coordination to achieve common goal.
The top cop asked them to work in close coordination with each other for greater synergy as the goal is common besides stepping up vigil and security in the District right from now onwards to check any attempt of infiltration, movement of anti-national elements and forestall any ill-conceived plan of terrorists.
The district Police Heads were directed to review the security of vital installations religious places, minority pockets, crowded places and Policed/PMF establishments to ensure utmost alertness.
“Besides, a close watch should be kept on social media activities,” he asked.
Detailed deliberations were also held on all the points concerning parade contingents, preparation of venue, anti-sabotage checks of the venues, barricading, and traffic arrangements in the City and at the venue, fire services, medical facilities and other contingencies for Independence Day Celebrations. Detailed instructions were issued on spot to the concerned officers for further follow up action on certain points requiring further action.
“Have a sharp look on Over Ground workers (OGWs) and also ensure that those persons who are indulged in posting hate messages in social media including Facebook, Whatsapp which lead to communal tension and those raising Anti National Slogans should be booked under relevant sections,” a senior police official directed to his subordinates.
He also called upon the officers to maintain synergy among various agencies and directed for keeping available required man power for the functions without affecting the law and order duties.
“Maintenance of peace and law and order during the Independence Day celebrations should be the priority,” he said and stressed for maintaining close vigil on the suspicious elements, fuelling the situation for their personal gains and endangering the lives of innocent people, besides public properties.
However, Jammu Police has also issued an advisory about do’s and dont’s about security and seeking co-operate from common people with police at naka and frisking points.
“Nakas and frisking points have been established in Jammu city as well as rural areas for the security and safety of the general public. Don’t feel it as harassment by the police but you are requested to coordinate with police,” police spokesperson said in an advisory issued to the general public.
The spokesperson said, “general public also requested to take preventive actions like – “do not touch any abandon object. However it is advised that on seeing any suspected person/object /material inform the police immediately.”
“If one has any information about any anti-national/anti- social elements, please inform the police immediately. Security of the informant shall be kept confidently,’’ said an official urging masses to be alert while travelling in passenger vehicles, in crowded areas.
The official in an appeal to the public has asked people not to carry objectionable items on the occasion of Independence Day.
“Public have been advised not to carry cameras, arms, ammunition, sharp edged weapons, hand and polythene bags, ladies purse, Tiffin boxes, transistors, patromax, handy fire extinguishers, stop watches, pens, any kind of powder, inflammable material like cigarettes, match boxes, lighter and the alike objectionable items in Mini Stadium, Parade Ground Jammu on Independence Day function,” he appealed.
A full-dress rehearsal for the Independence Day celebration was held on Monday at Mini Stadium Parade wherein Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took salute at the march past.
The Rajouri Police however, keeping in view of celebrations, security arrangements across district have been stepped-up to foil any nefarious design of anti-social elements.
Under a well-knit security plan, several check points have been established across the district where both continuous and random frisking of vehicles is going on, said a senior police official.
He said that all these steps have been taken to ensure smooth conduct of I-Day Celebrations.
Although it’s a fact that people have to face bit hardships on the check points but everything is being done for the safety of masses and jawans in uniform are standing day and night on roads for the safety of civilians.
As such, all the people are requested to co-operate with nafri deployed on check-points who already stand briefed to conduct vehicle frisking with max alertness and min public inconvenience.
This advisory is being issued keeping in view a couple of incidents across the district in which some people misbehaved with jawans of police and para-military deployed on check points and objected to it for no reason.
“Action under law has been initiated and will also be initiated against such persons who create nuisance on check points,” he maintained.
Cooperation from civilians travelling in any vehicle will not only lead to completion of frisking process of vehicles in shortest possible time but will also strengthen the relations between civilians and force and especially the jawans who are standing on roads from days to perform duty, said the top cop.
People are also requested to contact or inform police or any other force in case they see any suspicious person or suspicious object, he maintained.