Jammu & Kashmir

Modi’s Kashmir visit: MARCOS commandos, snipers turn Srinagar into fortress

An armed forces personnel stands deployed past a heavy installation of BJP Party flags outside Bakshi Stadium. [FPK Photo/ Umar Farooq]

Srinagar: The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, has been transformed into a heavily fortified area ahead of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s visit on Thursday.

Stringent measures have been implemented, designating the city as a “Temporary Red Zone” for the operation of drones and quadcopters under the Drone Rules, 2021. Srinagar Police have warned of legal consequences for any violations. The deployment of Marine Commandos (MARCOS), CRPF, J&K police, and snipers further underscores the heightened measures.

The Bakshi Stadium, where Modi is scheduled to address a public rally, has been adorned with tricolours. Additionally, development projects valued at over Rs 6,400 crore for the union territory will be unveiled. Modi is also set to partake in the ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit Jammu Kashmir’ program and inaugurate a program worth around Rs 5,000 crore aimed at enhancing the agri-economy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Armed forces have been strategically placed along the routes Modi will take, with barricades restricting public movement. Surveillance tools, including drones and CCTV cameras, have been installed to monitor the situation. Foot patrolling has been intensified within a two-kilometer radius of the rally venue. Marine Commandos (MARCOS) have been stationed in the Jhelum river and Dal Lake.

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