LeT, Pak flags at fort housing CRPF camp

In an embarrassment for the security agencies, flags of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Pakistan surfaced on Monday at the Hariparbat fort that houses a CRPF camp in Srinagar. Graffiti like "Welcome Taliban" and "Go India Go Back" were also found to be painted on the walls of the fort.

As the news spread, top police and civil administration officers rushed to the heavily guarded fort and removed the flags. The police also registered an FIR against unknown persons for unlawful activities. "We have lodged an FIR in this regard," police spokesman Manoj Kumar said. "The FIR has been registered under section 13 (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act)."

The Hariparbat fort at Rainawari overlooks the Srinagar city and was turned into a security camp when militancy erupted in the valley. The fort, built by the Afghans in 1808, currently houses a camp of the CRPF and is closed for public.

Three years ago, the Jammu and Kashmir government decided to open it for the people but closed it only a day later after people alleged that the mosque inside the fort has been damaged.

The CRPF said the flags were put up outside the fort. "It is true that the fort is housing our camp but the flags were hoisted outside," Sudhir Kumar, the Public Relations Officer of the CRPF, told The Indian Express.

"There is no deployment of our men outside."

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