Amid Beefed Up Security, Modi To Be With Flood-affected Families On Diwali

22 October 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ehsan Fazili & Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: All eyes are set on the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on his goodwill gesture is scheduled to be with flood-hit people on Diwali here tomorrow, while he is also to review the rehabilitation process in the state. The Prime Minister would be meeting some of the flood-affected families at Raj Bhavan, the main event during his day's visit. Modi would also be reviewing the relief and rehabilitation work in the flood-affected areas of the state at a meeting with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and senior officers of the state administration. Welcoming the PM's visit, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has pinned hopes on getting the flood relief package of Rs 44,000 crore, submitted to the Central Government. 'If the PM is coming and significantly coming on Diwali, we hope that this package is going to be granted,' Omar Abdullah said. As the Prime Minister is coming to 'express solidarity with the flood-affected' people, Omar hopes that the visit 'means that the package is going to be accepted and announced'. Security has been beefed up across the Valley ahead of Modi's visit to Srinagar. The police and Central armed police forces have been put on an alert to foil any attempt by militants to carry out attack in the city ahead or during the Prime Minister's visit. Surprise frisking of vehicles was conducted by security men, who were seen stopping the vehicles, mostly light motor vehicles, in the city today. Sources said over two dozen 'nakas' have been placed at various places here to ensure that no disruption takes place. The security men have intensified patrolling in sensitive areas since Tuesday evening after coming to know about the PM's visit to Srinagar. The Army and security men in neighbouring districts of Srinagar have been asked to be on an alert. Nearly two dozen members of the Special Protection Group, responsible for the security of the Prime Minister, arrived in Srinagar today to ensure PM's security during his visit. The team also held a high-level meeting with security officials here.