Jammu-Srinagar highway shut to prevent BJP march

Jammu-Srinagar highway shut to prevent BJP march

Prohibitory orders were also issued in Ramban, Kishtwar and Doda districts to prevent BJP activists from these adjacent districts to enter the Kashmir Valley. "The highway shall remain closed today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday)," a state traffic department official said, refusing to elaborate further on the decision to close the highway.

Authorities have decided to impose curfew-like restrictions in summer capital Srinagar to scuttle both the BJP and the pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) marches in city centre Lal Chowk on Republic Day, sources in this summer capital of the state said.

"Profiling of passengers arriving here by air has also been started," sources told IANS. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj told reporters in Madhopur in Punjab that her party would go ahead with the Tiranga Yatra. She said she would enter the state with her party colleague and "thousands of BJP activists today (Tuesday) despite the official high-handedness".

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