Security Beefed Up In Srinagar For PM Modi’s Visit

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SRINAGAR — Security has been beefed up across Kashmir ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on February 3, officials said here on Friday.

Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength around the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre, the venue for Modi’s engagements in the valley, a senior police official said.

He said the entire area around the venue is being sanitised and security personnel have been deployed to ensure that militants are not able to carry out any subversive activities.

“Besides area domination, the focus is on intelligence gathering to ensure a smooth and incident-free visit of the prime minister,” the official said.

Mobile checkpoints have been set up at dozens of places within the city and at all entry points of the summer capital of the state, he said.

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Modi is scheduled to visit all three regions of the state. During his day-long visit, he will inaugurate or lay foundation stones for several development projects.

Separatists have called for a complete shutdown to protest Modi’s visit.

Former MLA Sheikh Abdul Rasheed has said his Awami Ittehad Party will show black flags to Modi to protest against what he termed as the Centre’s “loot” of Jammu and Kashmir’s natural resources.

Police Issues Traffic Advisory 

Traffic police city Srinagar on Friday issued an advisory for next two days in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the valley.

The advisory was issued by Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic city Srinagar, Al-Tahir Gilani.  

 “In view of the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi to SKICC Srinagar, Traffic Police City Srinagar has formulated following route plan for 3rd February-2019 (Day of the visit) with effect from 2nd of February-2019 afternoon,” read the advisory.

It said no traffic shall be allowed to ply from Badyari Chowk to Nishat via Boulevard and similarly no traffic shall be allowed from Ram Munshi Bagh towards Grand Palace and Nishat via Gupkar.

“Commuters travelling from Harwan, Shalimar, Nishat and adjacent areas towards Lal Chowk are requested to travel via Foreshore Road and Hazratbal,” it said.

It also asked commuters travelling from Dalgate, Lal Chowk and adjacent areas towards Harwan, Shalimar, Nishat to adopt Nowpora –Khayam-Rainawari to reach their respective destinations.

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