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Tight security for Ansari's visit

Amid a separatist call for strike in the Valley, tight security measures have been put in place in Srinagar to ensure trouble-free visit of Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Saturday to attend the 17th convocation of Kashmir University.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2009 14:39 IST

Amid a separatist call for strike in the Valley, tight security measures have been put in place in Srinagar to ensure trouble-free visit of Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Saturday to attend the 17th convocation of Kashmir University.

A three-tier security apparatus consisting of CRPF personnel and local police was put in and around the varsity campus where the convocation is scheduled to be held later in the day, officials said. Sniffer dogs and bomb disposal squads were also deployed to senitise the road leading to the venue, they said.

Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference had called for a strike to protest the arrest of separatist leaders and the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian, 52 kms from Srinagar, on May 30.

The security was stepped militant activities in the area. A person was killed on Friday night when militants hurled a grenade in the tourist hub of Dal Gate in Srinagar.

A day before, a suspected militant was blown to pieces and two others were critically injured while fabricating an explosive device inside a house near the university.

"We have taken extra security measures after the two blasts in the city," officials. Police suspected that the explosive device were being prepared to target the convocation function.