Maintain extra vigilance, & precautions for Independence Day celebrations: DGP

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Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Saturday directed for extra vigilance and precautions to be maintained for the August 15 Independence Day celebrations at main venues besides at all other places.

The DGP chaired a high level meeting to review the preparation and overall security arrangements regarding the celebration of Independence Day functions across the J&K Union Territory at Police Headquarters here this afternoon.

Senior police and central armed police force officers attended the meeting.

On the onset of the meeting, the DGP expressed grief on the martyrdom of three Army jawans in an encounter at Kulgam yesterday and two minutes of silence was observed, a police spokesman said.

“We continue to make sacrifice wherever required for the sovereignty and integrity of the Country and for the safety of people,” DGP said while referring to the martyrdom of three Army Jawans.

He complimented the officers and personnel on ground saying that they are doing the job best to their capabilities.

Singh sought reports from the officers about security and traffic arrangements and deployment plans put in place for the smooth and incident free Independence Day celebrations in twin capital cities, all district headquarters across J&K and other places, the spokesman said.

The DGP discussed in detail all the arrangements to be made for smooth conduct of ID function and directed to ensure all the necessary arrangements are in place well in time.

“Emerging challenges and their counter measures were threadbare discussed during the meeting,” the spokesman said.

The top Police official stressed for updating and refreshing of different databases regarding the activities of anti-national elements including OGWs.

He said that attempts by sponsored elements to create disturbance in Jammu and Kashmir do continue. The DGP emphasised on the officers for ensuring implementation of joint mechanisms chalked out at different levels.

Singh stressed for making smooth traffic arrangements during the Independence Day celebrations, particularly routes leading to venues of functions in Srinagar and Jammu. Parking slots should be identified so that people participating in these functions should not face any inconvenience, he added.

The senior officers representing different units, agencies briefed the meeting about the required measures being taken to ensure incident free Independence Day celebrations.

They also apprised the DGP regarding the overall security scenario and counter/preventative measures being taken in the areas of responsibilities.

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