Bid to disrupt R-day foiled, nine held in Anantnag raid

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Arms seized from militant hideout at Pazalpora

Unprecedented security in Kashmir Curfew-like situation in Srinagar We are not taking chances: police

SRINAGAR: Even as unprecedented security arrangements are in place in Kashmir, the police have foiled an attempt to disrupt Republic Day celebrations in Anantnag district and arrested nine persons, including three women.

Superintendent of Police Syed Ashaq Hussain Bukhari said that on specific information a hideout at Pazalpora was raided and three AK rifles, four rockets, one machine gun, 10 grenades and other ammunition were recovered. Six men, two young girls and a 60-year-old woman, who were hiding the arms and ammunition for delivery to a top militant, Jehangir, for use on January 26, were arrested, he said.

Police obtain leads

"Interrogation is in progress and some vital leads have surfaced."

With every part of Srinagar dotted with security forces, it was a curfew-like situation in the city on Wednesday as most of the people remained indoors. Barricades have been put up every 100 metres.All vehicles are subjected to thorough checking and at many places people are made to walk long distances.K. Rajendra Kumar, Inspector-General, Kashmir zone, told The Hindu that the police were taking no chances. "We will not allow the militants to strike at will."

Separatist organisations, including the Hurriyat Conference, and militant outfits have asked people to observe January 26 as a "black day" and stay indoors.

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