Security Tightened Ahead of PM’s Visit

SRINAGAR: A day after multiple attacks by militants that claimed 21lives including 11 security men, the government forces on Saturday stepped up the security measures across Kashmir ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

In one of the deadliest attacks, seventeen people including eight army men, three police personal and six militants were killed after Fidayeen attackers stormed army base in Mohra in Uri sector of Baramulla district.

Sources said Kashmir region on Saturday witnessed heightened security arrangements with intense frisking of vehicles and passengers. The security men including from police, Special Operation Group (SOG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) conducted frisking throughout the day in Srinagar city including at Budshah Chowk, Budshah Bridge, Court Road, Radio Kashmir crossing, Munawarabad, Nowpora, Kak Sarai, Baba Dawood Khaki Bridge and Shalteng. Sources said forces have erected checkpoints at entry and exit points of the city.

Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, where Modi, is scheduled to address has been completely turned into garrison. Sources said Advance Security Liaison – which consists of top security officials – reviewed security of SK Stadium along with Special Protection Group (SPG) and Special Security Guards (SSG). The security men also conducted the sanitization of the stadium using land mine detectors and high end security gadgets. The security around vital installations has also been beefed up apprehending militant attacks to disrupt the visit of Prime Minister.

Sources said that government forces including army have been directed to intensify frisking and patrolling in the areas which are close to Srinagar.

The Hurriyats headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Shabir Shah as well as Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has called for shutdown against PM’s visit. (GNS)

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