G20 meet: Security beefed up in north Kashmir

Srinagar: Security has been beefed up in north Kashmir ahead of a G20 meet in the valley later this month, in view of three back-to-back encounters with militants in which five ultras were killed, officials said on Sunday.

Additional security personnel have been deployed on the ground and drones are being used for aerial surveillance, they said.

Sniffer dogs are assisting security personnel in checking vehicles at various check points established to prevent movement of militants or explosives, they said.

The security has also been enhanced on Jammu-Pathankot highway and along all highway points leading to the border areas in the twin districts, they said.

The third G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting will be held in Srinagar from May 22 to 24.

In twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch, search operation in various places is going on to track the terrorists responsible for the attack in Bhatta Dhurian in which five soldiers were killed on April 20.

The search operation continued for the 14th day on Wednesday, the officials said.

Over 230 people were picked up for questioning in connection with the terror attack and most of them have been let off, they said.

A six-person module has been busted which gave full support to terrorists involved in the killings of five jawans, the officials said, adding they have been arrested.