SPG Takes Over Stadium

SRINAGAR:  With Modi rally still four days away, state police has gone into overdrive to cage separatists and their sympathizers and Special Protection Group has taken over the control of Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, venue of the rally, in high security Sonwar area of the city.
Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in strength and are conducting random checking of vehicles in the city.
Police sources said more than 10,000 police personnel will be involved in the bandobust in addition to the strength that would be drawn from the armed reserve and other branches to implement strict restrictions on November 7 in the city to thwart ‘Million March’ of separatist leaders.
A police officer however said, the stringent security is aimed at foiling any attempt by militants to strike in the city ahead or during the Prime Minister’s visit.
An Intelligence Officer informed that a team of the SPG (Special Protection Group) will take control of Sonwar Cricket Stadium, the venue where Modi is scheduled to address the rally.
“Dozens of CCTV cameras, sniffer dogs, mobile surveillance bunkers and drop gates are being put in place to ensure safety for the people coming to attend the rally.”
While Geelani continues to remain under house arrest in his uptown Hyderpora residence, Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Nayeem Khan, Showkat Ahmad Bakshi and others have also been placed under house arrest.

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