On the eve of Prime Minister’s visit to Kashmir, authorities have deployed large contingent of police and CRPF personnel in every nook and corner of the summer capital on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi will reach Srinagar in the noon.
All the shops, business establishments, banks, educational institutions, and government offices are closed while as traffic is off the roads in response of the separatists shutdown call. Even the busiest Residency and Moulana Azad roads are giving a deserted look.
“I was stopped seven times and asked questions while I was on way from my residence in uptown to SKIMS,” a doctor told Kashmir Life.
“After the yesterday’s militant attack, the situation has become more challenging, so a number of measures have been taken to avoid any problem when the PM will be in town,” a senior police officer, not allowed to talk to media, informed KL on the condition of anonymity.
Another police officer said that there were no restrictions imposed in any part of the city but people are not moving out. “We are on duty to maintain the law and order situation but no restrictions are imposed, it seems that people are not interested in moving out so it gives a feel curfew,” the officer said.
The residents of the old town of the city informed KL on phone that large contingent of police and CRPF personnel are frisking and asking for identity cards if someone “dares” to move out. “It is nineties like situation in our area,” said Mohammad Abdullah, a resident of Habbakadel area.
The reports of complete shutdown have also reached from all the districts headquarters of the valley.