High alert in J&K as Modi arrives for a day's visit

High alert in J&K as Modi arrives for a day's visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his day-long visit to Jammu & Kashmir from Leh in Ladakh region on Saturday amid a high-alert across the state.

Modi was received at the Leh Airport by Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

“All the modern means of security systems have been put in place across J&K,” said DGP Shesh Pal Vaid.

In Srinagar, all routes leading to SKICC, where Modi is scheduled to inaugurate road projects, have been sealed off. There is a heavy deployment of police and CRPF in the posh Gupkar and Boulevard roads.

The sprawling venue on the banks of the famous Dal Lake has been made out of bounds for the public. The police are not taking any chances as just a few days back militants managed to snatch three weapons from policemen guarding a hotel at Dalgate, just 3 km from SKICC.

Security forces on Saturday sealed the historic clock tower in Lal Chowk to thwart a protest march called by separatists against Modi’s visit to the Valley. Separatists trio Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for ‘Lal Chowk Chalo’ and asked people to carry placards reading “what Kashmiri people want” to convey a message to the prime minister on his visit to the region.

Reports said a multi-layer security cover has also been put in place and hi-tech surveillance systems energised in Jammu city to ensure incident-free arrival and departure of the prime minister.

Modi is scheduled to inaugurate a ring road project from SKICC later in the day. In Leh, the prime minister unveiled a plaque to mark the commencement of work on the Zojila Tunnel, India's longest road tunnel and Asia's longest bi-directional tunnel.