New Delhi, 18 July-2014, IANS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi on Thursday…
Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday headed to disputed Kashmir to rally support for his party’s bid to win a state election, following several militant attacks blamed on Pakistan-based groups.
Tension has risen in the valley after 11 soldiers and police were killed in an attack on an Indian army camp, prompting a call for Pakistan to do more to stop militants from crossing the militarised border that divides Kashmir.
Srinagar has been put under a tight security cover as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive today in the city to address a rally in the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium. About 3,000 paramilitary troops, accompanied by sniffer dogs, stood guard around a stadium.
“The security grid is in place,” an army official, Lieutenant-General Subrata Saha, told reporters. “It won’t be appropriate for me to say anything more than that.”
The arrangements have especially been made amidst assertions by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the purpose of the recent militant attacks in the state was to create terror among the masses.
The third phase of Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls will take place tomorrow.
Seventy-two percent voter turnout was registered in the second phase of the assembly elections in the valley on Tuesday.
The result of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be announced on December 23.