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Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, high security in Kashmir after militants steal rifles

The police post from where the rifles were stolen is located at a hotel barely 2 km from the venue of PM’s visit. Hizbul Mujahedeen claimed responsibility for the act.

india Updated: May 19, 2018 07:12 IST
Mir Ehsan
Mir Ehsan
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
A security personnel stands guard in Srinagar on Friday, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city to inaugurate two projects in the state.(PTI)

Security in Srinagar and at the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Saturday visit has been tightened after militants stole rifles from a nearby police post.

The Special Protection Group (SPG) had taken over Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), where Modi will inaugurate two projects in the state, two days back and fortified it, officials said.

SPG teams will be responsible for the inner rings of security for the PM’s visit while Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and J&K police will be guarding outer areas.

The security in the city was further beefed up after three rifles were stolen from a police post in Dalgate on Thursday evening.

Hizbul Mujahedeen claimed responsibility for the act and posted pictures of the rifles on social networking sites. The police post is located at a hotel barely 2 km from the venue of PM’s visit.

A senior police officer deployed on security arrangement said after the missing of three weapons from Dalgate security was enhanced. “We are following drill and have sanitised all the buildings in the city,” he said.

All entry points leading to the venue have been sealed and mobile bunker vehicles (MBV’s) have been placed around sensitive locations.

Special barricades were setup across the city and policemen were checking vehicles randomly at many places.

Officials said the Prime Minister will arrive in Srinagar around 1 pm and rush to SKICC to inaugurate the projects. He, however, will not visit the sites in Bandipore and Budgam.

Besides the 330-megawatt Kishenganga power project, Modi will lay the foundation for a semi-ring road project at a cost of Rs 939.41.

“The Prime Minister will be in Srinagar for two hours and after inauguration of the project, he will leave for Jammu,” said a senior officer privy to details.

Modi will also be visiting Ladakh and Jammu for the inauguration of other projects.

Officials said there was a possibility that restrictions would be imposed in some areas of the old city as Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had called for march towards Lal chowk on Saturday.

Police has also issued traffic advisory and no traffic will be allowed to move on the road leading towards SKICC.

First Published: May 18, 2018 22:11 IST