Kalam's J&K visit: Security agencies on high alert
Security agencies have been put on a high alert ahead of President APJ Abdul Kalam's visit to Kashmir beginning Friday, officials said.
Security has been tightened on all the routes through which the President is expected to pass during his visit, they said.
Stung by criticism and hue and cry over the unprecedented security arrangements during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit in May, the security forces and other agencies were very keen to avoid a repeat of the situation during Kalam's visit, officials added.
Although the security apparatus has been asked to remain vigilant all across the state, only those areas of the city would have visible deployment of police and paramilitary forces through which the President will pass, they said.
Security forces had turned the entire state into a fortress and even pedestrian movement had been banned in entire Srinagar.
President Kalam is expected to address the legislative assembly and council of Jammu and Kashmir jointly and attend the diamond jubilee celebrations of state high court during his visit.
Officials said that additional deployment of security forces had been carried out in the city while sanitisation and area domination exercises were conducted in the areas close to the venues.
Dummy routes have also been created to keep the movement of the President secret during his visit.