Security Beefed Up In Kashmir Ahead Of HM Amit Shah’s Visit

SRINAGAR: Ahead of home minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir security has been tightened further in Kashmir.

Female para-military personnel search the belongings of some girls during a surprise checking in Srinagar. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Reports said that additional forces have been deployed in Srinagar after a security review meeting.

Quoting officials reports said that a security review was undertaken post which the decision to deploy more troops in Srinagar was taken.

Several traffic restrictions were also implemented in Srinagar city. Pat-down searches of passengers and shoppers was intensified in marketplaces.

The mobile internet services on a dozen towers mostly in the areas where non-local labourers were killed in the past week were snapped three days ago as part of the security measures.

Shah will arrive first in Srinagar on Saturday accompanied by the Home Secretary AK Bhalla, other senior officials of the Home Ministry, heads of most of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and the intelligence agencies including the IB.

This will be his first visit to the valley since August 5, 2019, when he piloted the bills in parliament to end Jk’s special status, its statehood and create Ladakh as a separate Union Territory.

He will lay the foundation stones of two new government medical colleges (GMCs) for Udhampur and Handwara, after which he will flag off the first Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight and address a mega public rally in Jammu city on October 24.

He will also inaugurate an IIT block in Jammu on Sunday.

The Home Minister will review various developmental projects under the Prime Minister’s package in addition to a scheduled interaction with Panchayat Raj representatives including Panchs, Sarpanchs, BDC and DDC members.

The entire top brass of the security grid is currently in the valley. Top officials from IB and RAW, DG of CRPF and NIA and senior officers from NIA are all in the valley to ensure the home minister’s visit is not disrupted.

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