Shutdown To Greet PM on April 2

SRINAGAR: The troika of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Thursday called for a complete shutdown on April 2 to protest the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state.

PM Modi is scheduled to inaugurate Chenani-Nashri tunnel in Jammu region on April 02.

“Calling or observing of a one day shutdown does not meet the demands of the situation but there is no other option left by the authorities,” a joint statement issued by the resistance leadership said. “Indian Prime Minister is visiting at a time, when situation is extreme gloomy & massacres, detentions blinding continue and there seems no letup.”

“Thousands are languishing in jails and authorities are denying any space for peaceful political activities,” said resistance leaders in their statement.

“The Kashmir issue is not about governance, economic packages or incentives; neither it is a law & order problem, resistance leaders maintained. It is a political issue related to human society,” they said.

“People are striving for their right to self-determination, however India is not responding and nor they honour the aspirations of suppressed people,” statement said.

“State is reeling under black laws like AFSPA and Indian forces enjoy impunity to kill or blind whosoever comes in their way,” they said.

Blaming authorities for “shielding wrongdoers”, the resistance leaders said, “in absence of any accountability, till now no accused was awarded punishment or tried under law.”

The pro-freedom leadership while addressing on Narendra Modi said, “all rhetoric about development or constructions of tunnels and roads are futile and won’t succeed to lure us. We have presented unparalleled sacrifice and nourished the movement with pious blood. We don’t nourish any animosity with Indian prime minister, however it is frightening & painful that instead of taking notice of genocide in state, he is awarding and rewarding assassins.”

PM Visit: Security Reviewed 

 Director General of Police (DGP), Dr S P Vaid has expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements put in place by security agencies in connection with Prime Minister’s visit to Udhampur on April 2.

He stressed on maintaining close coordination among the security agencies to ensure incident free visit of the Prime Minister, an official spokesperson said.

Dr Vaid was chairing a high level meeting here at Police Headquarters (PHQ) this after-noon convened to review security arrangements for PM visit. The meeting was attended by senior officers from JKP, Para-military forces, Intelligence and Civil administration.

The DGP stressed upon the officers to sound alertness in the border areas and ensure round the clock patrolling.

He asked them to raise vigil at vital installations including airport, railway stations and high ways by continuous surveillance. He said that area in and around the venue of public meeting should also be highly sanitized leaving no opportunity for the inimical elements. “With the cooperation of people, all the arrangements made for the visit shall be ensured fruitful’ he asserted. Traffic plan was also discussed in the meeting and it was decided that common people should not be put to any inconvenience due to the arrangements made for the VIP visit.

The meeting reviewed and discussed the security grid with all the officers related with the visit including senior officers from Police, CRPF, BSF and Intelligence agencies. They informed the meeting that all necessary arrangements have been put in place well in advance.

They said that proper briefing has been made to all men and officers deployed on duty at different locations. “Intelligence grid has also been activated to gather the information about the activities of inimical elements and the inputs are discussed with other sister agencies,” the meeting was informed.

The DGP emphasised upon close coordination among various agencies to ensure the smooth and successful visit of Prime Minister. He said that the intelligence inputs should be shared and discussed with each other and all preventive measures be taken collectively to foil ill-designs of anti-national elements. He stressed for conducting a rehearsal in advance to make the arrangements fool proof. He said that all requirements projected by various agencies related with the visit have been fulfilled.

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