Jammu and Kashmir: Security stepped up ahead of local body polls in Valley

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Security forces have intensified checking and area domination as part of an elaborate plan to provide a sense of security for the smooth conduct of local body polls in the Kashmir Valley, officials said Sunday. The first phase of the polls start Monday. An elaborate security plan has been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls, He said security forces have intensified vehicle checking, frisking and area domination in the city as well as in the other areas of the valley in the run up to the polls. Sniffer dogs are also being used to check vehicles. We are making sure that no untoward incident happens, The official said while providing a secure atmosphere for the polls was a challenge, there is a good synergy between various security agencies and several steps have been taken to provide a general sense of security in the valley. Most of the candidates have been taken to secure locations and some have been given a security cover. The areas are being made safe through operations and increased presence of forces as well as through area domination, He said deployment of forces has been worked out and sensitive areas have been taken care of. The official said polling booths have been secured and a thick layer of security has been thrown around them. Inspector General of CRPF, Kashmir, Ravideep Singh Sahi said the environment in the entire Kashmir Valley is under control and the endeavour is to create a sense of security so that the people come out to vote. Whatever force was required for the elections, has come and they are being deployed. They have been here for some time and they are adequately familiarised with the area. We have started area domination, check-points have been installed in various areas and we are working in close coordination with the police and army, He said operations were being conducted to arrest trouble mongers so that a secure environment is provided to the people. Area domination, checking and operations have been going on so that trouble mongers are arrested and there is a general sense of security, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday took a detailed review of the security situation in the state ahead of the first phase of the municipal elections. The meeting was attended by Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, The meeting discussed security arrangements made for the smooth conduct of the forthcoming elections to urban local bodies and panchayats and the need of a safe environment for the elections.