High level security for President’s visit to Kashmir

May 18th, 2008 - 8:04 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

Jammu, May 18 (IANS) Fool-proof security will be in place for President Pratibha Patil’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir next week, officials here said. Security drills will start from Monday all across the state, especially in the twin- capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, for the visit of the President — Patil’s first to the state since assuming office.

During the five-day visit, slated to commence May 23, Patil will also visit Tangdhar, a border town in the Kashmir Valley, where she will address the troops. She will also inaugurate the Kashmir Study Centre at Kashmir University as also the newly-built extension campus of the Jammu university in Bhaderwah in Jammu region

The security situation and the need to bolster it for the presidential visit was reviewed at a meeting of the police and paramilitary forces here Sunday. Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda asked the security agencies to be extra vigilant and ensure fool-proof security during the president’s visit.

Security concerns in Jammu and Kashmir have heightened because of recent incidents of terrorist violence in the border town of Samba, 45 kms south west of Jammu, where last Sunday terrorists killed six people, including two soldiers and a photo-journalist.

Khoda stressed the need for security forces to be vigilant in view of the president’s visit as also the start of the pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Amarnath next month. “We should be alert all the time - 24X7,” he told the officers of the state police and the border security force (BSF).

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