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Security beefed up in Kashmir ahead of PM’s visit

Special checking points have been set up at various places in the city including entry and exit points.

Srinagar | Updated: October 22, 2014 3:47 pm
PM Narendra Modi pitched for revamping urban governance while linking it to the 'Digital India' mission and 'Swachh Bharat' campaign. PM Narendra Modi pitched for revamping urban governance while linking it to the ‘Digital India’ mission and ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.

Security has been beefed up here and across the Valley as separatists called for a general strike on Thursday against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in strength and are conducting random checking of vehicles at dozens of places in the city and elsewhere, a senior police officer said.

Special checking points have been set up at various places in the city including entry and exit points as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. The move was aimed at foiling any attempt by militants to strike in the city ahead or during the Prime Minister’s visit, he said. The Prime Minister yesterday said that he would spend Diwali, the festival of lights, in flood-hit Srinagar.

The Jhelum in Srinagar, in a less turbulent time (Source: Tashi Tobgyal) The Jhelum in Srinagar, in a less turbulent time (Source: Tashi Tobgyal)

“Will be in Srinagar on Diwali, 23d October & will spend the day with our sisters & brothers affected by the unfortunate floods,” Modi tweeted yesterday. This will be his fourth visit to Jammu and Kashmir since taking charge as Prime Minister in May. While the announcement of the Prime Minister generated hope among the flood survivors of a comprehensive package from the centre to rebuild their lives, two factions of Hurriyat Conference have called for a general strike and peaceful protests against the visit of the Prime Minister.

“Government of India acted as the mute spectator amid worst ever floods in Kashmir and did nothing to mitigate the sufferings of the affected on ground…we will not allow anyone to rub salt into our wounds,” hardline faction of Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani said in a statement. It said when Modi had not even felicitated Muslims on Eid, his celebrating Diwali in the Muslim-majority state is “unacceptable”.

Shabir Ahmad Shah led faction of Hurriyat Conference also called for a general strike tomorrow and asked people to hold peaceful demonstrations against Modi’s visit.

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    Samanya Admi
    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:19 am
    The political terrorism must end in Kashmir to improve the quality of life of the people already suffering from the ravages of recent floods. With PM Modi at the helm, there is hope for peace and prosperity in the valley. The business of terrorism must end not only in Kashmir but elsewhere in India.The nation's goal must be terrorism free India.One people, one nation and one India. Save Dharma, Prakriti (Nature) and Sanskriti (Culture) to save oneself, society and the nation. 'Dharmo Rakshati Rakaha'.‘Satyameva jayate Naanritam’Nation First! Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Hind.
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      Ripple
      Oct 22, 2014 at 10:39 am
      Mr. Geelani...dian Army was the only one who had engaged in rescue operation during Kashmir Flood. It was you, "The Mute Spectator" when Indian Army was undergoing rescue operation. No separatists, stanis and other militants were there to help people. Were you sleeping during flood ??? or did you fly to Islamabad to escape from flood.
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        Raj
        Oct 23, 2014 at 6:41 am
        Modi actually wished the Muslim people on Eid - though he is not required to. Geelani is not only a radical Islamist (former terrorist) but also completely anti-Hindu.Apparently, Kashmiri's don't celebrate Diwali according to Geelani - by that he is indirectly saying that Kashmiri Pandits are "not Kashmiris".And he accuses India of discrimination ?
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