Fences around police stations being heightened, bunkers coming up
Srinagar, Feb 21: Fences around most police stations here are being heightened while bunkers are coming up at the security bases like Kothi Bagh Police Station and Police Control Room. “Contracts have been given to various agencies all across Srinagar for this purpose,” the Site Engineer at the Shaheed Gunj Police Station said. The wall around the Shaheed Gunj Police Station is being raised from 10 feet to 20 feet, iron bars included. “The construction here started around December,” one of the workers at Shaheed Gunj Police Station said. At the Maisuma Police Station, too, the wall height is being doubled. “The height of the wall was around 8 ft earlier, but by the time the construction is completed, I suppose it will be around 16 ft after fencing,” said one of the workers. Even as the wall around the Kothi Bagh Police Station is high enough, a bunker has come up to strengthen its security. Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar, Imtiyaz Ismail Parray, told The Kashmir Monitor that it would “help in securing the premises”. “However, I would also say that the reconstruction of the walls is also because of the damages caused by the 2014 floods,” he said. After the militant attacks at the Sujawan Camp in Jammu and Karan Nagar’s CRPF Camp in Srinagar, the Home Minister Rajnath Singh had stressed the need of reviewing the security, holding a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and chief of various intelligence agencies. Earlier, in February, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also approved a 1,487-crore project for improving the security of army camps in Jammu and Kashmir and North-East, setting a deadline of 10 months.