The security arrangements have been heightened across Kashmir Valley, especially in Srinagar, ahead of 15 August that marks the 75th anniversary of the Independence of India.
Since morning, government forces were seen stopping and searching vehicles at several places while people were queued up and subjected to frisking.
At Parimpora in the city outskirts, forces were seen removing passengers from vehicles including buses, mini-buses and cabs who were then queued up for frisking. Not only public transport, scooter riders and private vehicles were also randomly stopped and checked.
Apart from frisking, the men in uniform were seen checking I-cards of the people. The checkpoints have already been installed at various places.
Similar reports were received from various parts of Srinagar City and elsewhere across the Valley.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is scheduled to preside over the main function at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar. Like the past, the venue has been sealed off.
GNS quoted a police official saying that foolproof security arrangements have been made for incident-free and successful Independence Day celebrations.
“Police and other security forces have been put on high alert across Kashmir Valley,” he said. “Even on normal days they are alert to foil any attempts by inimical elements to create disturbance. However, extra precautions are being taken in view of Sunday’s function.”