Civilian traffic banned on highway for 3rd day

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/15/2019 3:10:37 PM

High alert sounded following input regarding attack

SRINAGAR, Apr 14: A high alert was sounded in Kashmir today following intelligence inputs regarding a fresh militant attack.
The mobile internet service was snapped in the morning for several hours in Srinagar as a precautionary measures. And security forces conducted cordon and search operations at a few places.
The ban on civilian traffic from Udhampur to Baramulla remained in force for third day today on national highway. As per a government order the van remains in force on Sundays and Wednesday till May 31.
Reports said intelligence agencies had received inputs that militants may carry out motorcycle blast along the highway in Jammu and Kashmir. As per the intel report, the blast may be carried out during the morning hours. The report also speculated that the probable areas with very high risk are Batwara and Tatoo Ground regions.
The security was beefed up. The security forces had set up check points, where the vehicles were being stopped and searched.
The alert has been issued almost two months after the deadly Pulwama attack in which at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed. On February 14, a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) operative rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus carrying the CRPF jawans. The bus was part of the 78-vehicles convoy of the security personnel which was traveling from Jammu to Srinagar.
Significantly, following the attack, the CRPF has decided to obtain a new fleet of mine-protected vehicles (MPVs) and small 30-seater buses for safer travels of its security personnel in Kashmir.
The second phase of the Lok Sabha elections will see 97 constituencies in 13 states and union territories go to polls. Srinagar and Udhampur constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir will go to polls on April 18.



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