MOVEMENT of Army and paramilitary forces’ vehicles was suspended across Kashmir Valley on Sunday following inputs that militants may try to carry out an attack on the second anniversary of the Pulwama car bombing that killed 40 paramilitary personnel two years ago.
This came a day after J&K Police informed the Army and other Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) to avoid movement of convoys and isolated vehicles in the valley.
“In view of imminent threat, a strict dry day shall be observed and no convoy movement, repeat no convoy movement, be allowed,” police informed the Army and paramilitary forces. “All administrative valley movement of vehicles should also be restricted across valley. Movement of isolated vehicles, in particular, should be avoided at all costs. No movement of Army/CAPF vehicles on interior routes may be allowed.”
While the movement of Army convoys have been suspended several times in the past, especially during civilian protests or possible militant attacks, it is for the first time that the armed forces were asked to restrict all movement – barring that for anti-militancy operations – in the wake of a militant threat.
Sources in the police said the suspension of movement of security convoys was taken as a precautionary measure after inputs that militants might try to carry out a sensational attack Sunday.
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