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Curfew-like restrictions ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s Srinagar rally, mobile internet suspended

Apart from Special Protection Group, J&K police and the CRPF will be guarding the venue. The police has already suspended Railway services.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: November 7, 2015 11:23:28 am
People from other states of the country move toward the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar, the venue for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Kashmir. Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi 07-11-2015 People walk toward the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar, the venue for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Kashmir. (Source: Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Unofficial curfew have been imposed in Srinagar and mobile internet services has been suspended as PM Narendra Modi is all set to address a rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium. The police and the CRPF have erected additional checkpoints across the city and on the national highway.

At 10 am, the internet mobile services were suspended in the city as supporters of the PDP, BJP and Peoples Conference started arriving at the venue.

The police and the CRPF have erected additional checkpoints across the city and on national highway. All the main roads leading towards city have been closed with barbed wire and every vehicle entering into the city is being checked at various spots. The police has been allowing only those vehicles with special security passes to cross. Even ambulances were stopped at various places.

PM Modi will arrive in the city at 10 am and then will head to venue where he is likely to address a rally of PDP, BJP and Peoples Conference workers at 11.30 am. Officials said that more than 20,000 chairs have been placed at the venue.

All the roads leading towards the venue have been sealed and three tier security is in place within three kilometer radius of the venue as more than five thousand have been deployed for the peaceful rally. All vehicles are being stopped at Rajbagh, and people coming for rally have to walk two kilometers in order to reach the venue.

CRPF spokesman, Bhavesh Choudhary said that along with J&K police sufficient numbers of CRPF companies have been deployed to secure the venue of the rally. All the buildings in five neighboring localities around the venue have been secured and policemen have been posted there. Even people had been instructed not to entertain any guests during PM’s visit. “Few days ago, policemen came to our house, took names of house inmates and then warned us not to entertain any guests. They (policemen) also told us incase any guest comes inform the police,’’ said Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Rajbagh.

Apart from Special Protection Group, J&K police and the CRPF will be guarding the venue. The police has already suspended Railway services.

A big stage has been erected inside the stadium, where PM Modi will share stage with J&K Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and state ministers. The party workers of the PDP, BJP and the Peoples Conference who will be attending the rally, have been issued special security passes and every person is registered with the police. All the vehicles along with supporters are being checked by the police at different spots.

Officials said that Close Circuit Cameras have been installed at many places in the city especially on the routes leading towards the venue. Police has also secured Jehlum river and motor boats carrying special police force personnel are guarding the river. A special control room has also been setup in the city.

“Our workers from all the parts will attend the rally, it will be a huge rally,’’ BJP Kashmir media-incharge, Altaf Thakur told The Indian Express. “People coming from outside the city will be ferried in buses and vehicles,’’ he said adding that apart from J&K chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, senior BJP leaders are monitoring the arrangements. PDP spokesman, Mehboob Beg said that PDP workers from different parts of the Valley will attend the rally. “We have high hopes from the PM’s visit.’’

NC working president and former J&K chief minister, Omar Abdullah, however, blamed that state government for using government machinery to make PM’s rally a successful event and even said that police constables, SPO’s and Anganwari workers have been asked to attend the rally to present a good show for Prime Minister.. “Just saw State Govt employees in an AMBULANCE tying up banners welcoming the PM on behalf of the state Health Minister. #Shameless {SIC},’’ Omar Abdullah tweeted.

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