Pulwama terror attack scene (file pic)
Pulwama terror attack scene (file pic)

J-K govt keeps 2 days a week only for movement of security forces' convoys on highway

ANI | Updated: Apr 03, 2019 20:37 IST

Jammu, Apr 3 (ANI) Two days of every week will be dedicated exclusively for movement of security forcesconvoys on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the Jammu and Kashmir government announced on Wednesday, five days after a failed terror strike on a security force convoy planned on the lines of the ghastly Pulwama attack.
There will be a “complete ban” on civilian traffic on most part of the 300-km long National Highway on Sundays and Wednesdays from 4 AM to 5 PM.
These restrictions would remain in force till May 31, 2019, a press release issued by the state government said.
The state government said the decision has been taken in view of the possibility of terror attack on security forcesconvoys during their movement for the Lok Sabha elections.
The prohibition on movement of civilian traffic on these two days of each week would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till Udhampur, the statement said.
In the event of any requirement for local traffic movement for any emergency or for other purpose, the local administration and police would evolve necessary procedures for this as is done during curfew days, the government said.
On February 14, a CRPF convoy, on its way from Jammu and Srinagar, was attacked by a suicide car bomber on the National Highway in Pulwama district, killing 40 personnel.
Subsequently, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Kashmir, had announced that no civilian traffic movement would be allowed during the convoy days.
On March 30, there was a possible ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on another security force convoy at Banihal when an attempt was made to trigger an explosive-laden vehicle.
“Keeping in view the large movement of security forces on the national highway during the Parliamentary elections and associated possibility of any ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) terror attack on security forcesconvoys, the state government has notified specified days in a week for the movement of security forces from Srinagar to Jammu,” the state government statement said.
“During these days, to mitigate the inconvenience to the civilians by this move, the government has notified 2 dedicated days in a week i.e, Sunday & Wednesday exclusively for movement of security forces convoys,” it said. (ANI)