With Amit Shah’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir as the Union Home Minister,security agencies will impose security checks on Srinagar and the surrounding area for the next two days. With the arrival of the BJP leader in the city this afternoon, tourists were advised to stay away from Axis Boulevard.
The Srinagar district magistrate has imposed traffic restrictions from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm today and from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday. An alert was also launched in the city by the state police.
“In view of the visit of HM (Minister of the Interior), powerful and reliable actions concerning terrorist actions in and around the capital were issued”, reads in a message broadcast by the police of the State .
According to the alert, all senior officers must exercise effective leadership in the field, place the Reaction Teams at strategic locations, and arrange exercises on time. Police officers from all districts were invited to monitor and implement the exercises truthfully.
Senior officers, however, downplayed the advice that they are being distributed as a precaution.
Amit Shah will land in the city around noon and travel to the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Center to chair a meeting on security measures for Amarnath Yatra. All agencies operating in the valley would attend the meeting.
The state police were asked to submit a detailed statement to the Minister of the Interior on the security situation in the valley and the arrangements made for the yatra. This year, the yatra would last 46 days and the agencies are working overtime to secure it.
After the Pulwama attack in February, security forces raided terrorists. But the latest trend of terrorists conducting explosions of IED (Improvised Explosive Device) keeps them on their feet. In the past few days, three outbursts of FDI have occurred in the valley. Amit Shah is also expected to meet the family of a police officer who died after being injured during a recent meeting.