SRINAGAR: Security has been beefed up across the state while the resistance leadership has called for a march to Lal Chowk to protest Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir that begins Saturday.
All entry and exit points of Srinagar have been occupied by police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who are allowing vehicles to enter the city only after thorough checking and frisking of the passengers. Large contingents of forces have been deployed on the route likely to be taken by the PM from Srinagar airport.
Makeshift barricades and mobile bunkers have been put up to regulate traffic to ensure that no unauthorised movement is allowed during the visit. Top police officials said that the peripheral security to the prime minister’s visit was being provided by the army.
Security forces sealed the Boulevard Road since early morning on Friday as Modi is likely to take the same route to SKUAST campus where he will address the varsity’s convocation on Saturday.
Police and CRPF have been deployed all over the city including at Lal Chowk, Gupkar, Dalgate, Hyderpora, and Humhuma.
The movement of people is being monitored through Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras that have been installed at various places in the city.
The prime minister will tour all the three regions of the state during his visit. He will inaugurate the 330-MW Kishenganga hydroelectric power project in Bandipora district on Saturday, though sources said that he will not travel to Bandipora and will rather inaugurate it from SKICC Srinagar.
The PM is also scheduled to lay the foundation of the Zojila tunnel and to attend the 100th birth anniversary of revered Ladakhi spiritual leader Kushok Bakula in Leh town.
The resistance leadership of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik has called for a march to Lal Chowk in Srinagar to protest against Modi’s visit.
Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir comes days after his government directed the armed forces to halt combat operations during the month of Ramazan.
In a serious breach of security ahead of Modi’s visit, militants on Thursday attacked a guard post of a hotel in Srinagar and fled with rifles. The incident caused a flutter within the security establishment and two policemen who were manning the guard post were detained for questioning.