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More bunkers come up in Kashmir capital, bid ‘to cut movement of militants’

Armed forces bunkers are making a comeback on the Srinagar roads after nearly eight years and more paramilitary personnel are being deployed following the spate of target killings by militants in Kashmir over the past two weeks.

Bunkers manned by the central armed paramilitary forces are being set up in many areas of Srinagar where these were removed between 2011 and 2014 following the overall improvement in the situation across Kashmir.

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Reports said constructing new bunkers and putting more personnel on the ground is being done to cut the free movement of militants.

“The militants have shown that they are moving from one area to another within no time after attacks. It can only be checked by area domination and cutting the free movement,” they said.

An official said 50 companies of additional paramilitary forces are being inducted into the Valley to shore up the security apparatus, especially in Srinagar, in the wake of the civilian killings.

In 2010, more than 50 security pickets and bunkers were removed in Srinagar on the recommendations made by an all-party delegation visiting Kashmir in that year.

Similar recommendations were also made by a team of interlocutors appointed by New Delhi in 2010.

However, this time new bunkers have come up at places where no such thing existed even at the peak of militancy in the valley in the 1990s.

Two such bunkers have come up on Barzulla bridge on the airport road in Srinagar.

Police officials, however, did not comment on the new steps taken in the valley.

Police have also snapped internet in parts of Srinagar and in a couple of areas in south Kashmir and launched a drive against two-wheelers in the city.

Nine unarmed men– including five non-local laborers and three minority community members — were killed by militants during the month of October.

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