Panic gripped in Sopore town after intense gunshots were heard before dawn in the town on Wednesday night.
Locals said that at around 3 in the night, intense gunshots were heard, creating a panic in the area.
However authorities confirmed that it was a normal drill.
Officials in police said that it is a routine practice.
“There is no need to panic. It is a routine practice”, said a high rank official from the town
Meanwhile ahead of Afzal Guru’s 5th death anniversary, heavy security arrangements have been put in place in Sopore town and adjacent areas.
Since Thurday morning, government forces have intensified frisking and have set up checking points at various places in Sopore town including at Bypass, Downtown, Chankhan, Batpora crossing, and in native village of Afzal Guru- Jageer ghat.
Sources said that to thwart any possible militant attack ahead of Guru hanging anniversary night patrolling has also been intensified in parts of North Kashmir.
Meanwhile, unidentified persons Wednesday stole a maruti car and a motor cycle from District Hospital and near Court premises Baramulla, alerting security setup in the town.
According to reports a maruti vehicle bearing number JK09 2097 was found missing from the hospital premises by the owner of the vehicle.
The car belonged to Mohammad Amin, a resident of Ushkara Baramulla.
While in a similar episode a bajaj pulsar bearing number JK05B 4673, was stolen by some unidentified person from Baramulla court premises this afternoon.
The incident occurred ahead of Afzal Guroo and Muhammad Maqbool Bhat’s death anniversary which is being observed on Feb 9 and 11th Febrauary respectively.
Upon being asked if there is any high alert sounded in the area after the stealing of two vehicles in a single day, SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain said that it is normal theft and there is no need to worry.