Security on high alert ahead of PM rally

Security beefed up in Srinagar ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Security beefed up in Srinagar ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: Security in Srinagar has been put on heightened alert with security forces scanning the areas around Bakshi Stadium where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a rally on Thursday.
A three-tier security ring has been thrown around the Bakshi Stadium here for PM’s rally while drones and CCTVs are being used for increased surveillance across the city.
Modi will visit Srinagar on March 7 and address a rally at Bakshi stadium. This will be his first visit to the Valley since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 and his second to Jammu and Kashmir in two months.
“A detailed meeting of the security agencies was held here the other day which was attended by top officials of police and paramilitary forces for finalising the security arrangements for the VVIP visit to Srinagar on Thursday,” an official said.
“The officers emphasised the need to maintain a balance between security needs and smooth conduct of the event. The officers on the ground were directed to ensure heightened vigilance, especially during the night, to eliminate any possibility of terrorist threats,” he said.
He said that in order to minimise the risk of any untoward incident, security has been strengthened at vulnerable points along the National Highway, tunnels, minority pickets and other critical pockets.
The official said that the checking of vehicles entering the city has been intensified and barricades have been erected to regulate the flow of traffic near the venue for the PM’s rally.
Checking points have been set up at various places in the city and along the highway and other vulnerable places.
“Security forces have stepped up patrolling around the Bakshi Stadium. Drones and CCTV cameras are being used for increased surveillance in the city and around the stadium,” the official said.
The administration is sending around 150 buses each to the district headquarters across the Valley to ensure smooth movement of the people for the rally.