Security has been beefed up around Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital on the eve of the 108th birth anniversary of National Conference (NC) founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, as the ruling party is expected to hit the election mode by announcing candidates for the 2014 general elections.
Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed across the city, especially in and around the Naseem Bagh graveyard of Sheikh, where the NC is organising a public meeting after the wreath-laying ceremony on the mausoleum of the party founder.
The NC leadership, including Farooq Abdullah and his son and chief minister Omar Abdullah, is scheduled to attend the meeting.
Farooq has hinted that he will announce the party's candidates for the three Lok Sabha seats of the Valley on the occasion.
"We have taken extra precautionary measures in view of the birth anniversary celebrations of the National Conference founder and the scheduled public meeting to keep militants at bay," a senior police officer said.
He said security has been beefed up in view of the VVIPs' visit to Hazratbal, and also keeping in mind the recent surge in militant attacks.
Random frisking of vehicles moving around Srinagar city was started on Tuesday evening and has been going on through the day on Wednesday as well. The vehicle checking and frisking of passengers has been intensified, especially on the roads leading to Hazratbal, the venue of tomorrow's public meeting.
The officer said there was no specific intelligence input about any impending militant strike in the city, but extra precautionary measures have been taken to ensure that the ultras do not spring a surprise on the security forces.
"We do not want to leave anything to chance," he said.
Meanwhile, traffic police have issued a route plan for people intending to visit the graveyard of the National Conference founder and appealed to them to strictly adhere to the plan to avoid inconvenience.
People coming from central Kashmir's Budgam district have been advised to take the Lal Chowk route and reach Ashai Bagh through the SRTC bridge, Ikhwan crossing, Khayam Chowk, Khanyar, Rainawari and Saidakadal.
"Vehicles can be parked in the NIT parking," a spokesman of the traffic department said, adding that participants from north Kashmir should reach the Sir Syed Gate at Kashmir University through Bemina-Noorbagh- Hawal-Lal Bazar, where arrangements for temporary parking have been made for their vehicles.
Those coming from south Kashmir should reach Habak through Pantha Chowk-Sonawar-Gupkar-Nishat-Foreshore and use the Naseem Bagh parking area, the spokesman said, adding people coming from Ganderbal district should take the Zakoora-Pandach route.
The spokesman asked the participants to take Ashai Bagh crossing-Rainawari-Nowpora-Khayyam Chowk-Ikhwan crossing-SRTC crossing route on their return journey.
"South-bound vehicles shall take left turn at SRTC crossing along Moulana Azad bridge near Dalgate toward Pantha Chowk. However, vehicles bound for north Kashmir will be diverted at Khalifapora toward Peer Dastigeer Sahib Khanyar-Sumkachbal-police station Khanyar-Nalamar Road- Qamarwari for their respective destinations," he said.