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Prez Visit: Gujjars welcome, separatists call strike

chandigarh Updated: Sep 26, 2012 15:52 IST

Security arrangements have been further increased in the summer capital as President Pranab Mukherjee is arriving here on Wednesday on a three-day maiden visit after assuming office.

The Akhil Bhartiya Gujjar Mahasabha (ABGM) has welcomed the visit while the separatist called for a strike on Thursday.

Additional security have been deployed all along the Srinagar-Airport road, which will be used to transport guests, including mediapersons, accompanying Mukherjee from Delhi, to guest houses and hotels.

In the Dal Lake area, where most of the guests will be staying, security forces kept a close watch on vehicles and pedestrians.

Elsewhere in the city, additional security forces have been deployed to thwart any attempt by militants to cause disturbances during the President's visit.

President of ABGM Eshfaq-ur-Rehman welcomed the President on his maiden visit to the J&K State.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, he expressed pleasure and happiness over the visit and considered it significant.

He expressed the hope and faith that the long pending demands of the Scheduled Tribe (ST) of the state would get attention.

He has appealed to the President to consider political reservation of the Schedule tribes in the state.

He said the STs have political reservation in all over the nation barring Jammu and Kashmir.

Poswal said the President's visit was a great opportunity for the downtrodden society to put forth their long pending demands before Mukherjee.