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Security forces on maximum alert ahead of PM’s Feb 20 visit to J&K

Security forces were on maximum alert on Monday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s February 20 visit to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Security forces have set up checkpoints at all entry and exit points in Srinagar and Jammu.

Random checking of vehicles, frisking of occupants and scanning of luggage etc has been increased ahead of the VVIP visit. The special focus of the security forces is on the Valley and border areas in order to prevent any disruptive terrorist activities during the Prime Minister’s visit.

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In order to prevent attacks and keep anti-national elements at bay, the security forces have increased patrolling on highways, sensitive and vulnerable spots and are maintaining tight vigil.

All high-rise buildings around the MA Stadium in Jammu city have been taken over by Commandos and sharpshooters of the forces to secure the venue of Modi’s public rally which is expected to be attended by over one lakh people.

All official events, including inaugurations/dedications/foundation stone laying functions of development projects worth over Rs 30,500 crore will be held at the MA Stadium during Modi’s two-hour-long programme.

The projects relate to several sectors including health, education, rail, road, aviation, petroleum and civic infrastructure among others. While in Jammu, the PM will inaugurate AIIMS, Vijaypur (Samba) the institute, whose foundation stone was also laid by him in February 2019.

During the visit the Prime Minister will also distribute appointment orders to 1,500 new Government recruits of Jammu and Kashmir. The Rs 13,375 crore projects which the Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation include the permanent campuses of IIT-Bhilai, IIT-Tirupati, IIT-Jammu and IIITDM Kancheepuram.

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