Modi arrives at Srinagar amid shutdown, heightened security
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at Srinagar amid separatist shutdown call and curfew-like situation in parts of the city. It is the first visit of Modi to the state as the Prime Minister.india Updated: Jul 04, 2014 13:18 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at Srinagar amid separatist shutdown call and curfew-like situation in parts of the city. It is the first visit of Modi to the state as the Prime Minister.
After inaugurating the 25 km long Katra-Udhampur railway line in the morning in Jammu, Modi is scheduled to review the security in Srinagar and head to north Kashmir's Uri, close to the LoC. He will inaugurate 240 MW, Uri-2 hydroelectric, power project.
As Modi arrived in Srinagar, the separatist sponsored shutdown has brought normal life to a halt. There are very few people out on roads, traffic is negligible, schools and offices are closed in most parts of the valley.
The authorities have placed around half a dozen separatist leaders under house arrest.
In the old parts of the city, residents allege the security forces has increased frisking and restricted movement of vehicles.
However, till noon there was no report of any untoward incident.
Most separatists, including chairmen of moderate and hardline Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani with JKLF chief Yasin Malik, had called for a strike against the visit of PM Modi. Militants groups have also issued fiery statements on his visit to the state.
Additional troops were moved to Jammu and Kashmir for peaceful visit of the PM. Reinforcements have already been sent from Srinagar to Baramulla. All sensitive areas are placed under strict vigil and barricades set up by vehicles and concertina wires to stop any vehicle entering into these areas without permission.