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PM Modi to celebrate Diwali with flood victims in Kashmir

By Mukhtar Ahmad
Last updated on: October 23, 2014 16:37 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday afternoon arrived in summer capital Srinagar after visiting troops at the Siachen glacier, the world’s highest battlefield in Ladakh region.

Modi was received in Srinagar by state Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, senior civil personnel, police and security force officers at the airport.

The prime minister later left for Raj Bhavan were he is scheduled to hold discussions with the chief minister and senior state government officers on relief provided to the flood affected families in the state.

Modi also plans to spend Diwali with some families affected by floods in the state. Srinagar was the worst affected by the September 7 floods that left thousands homeless.

Security across the valley has been beefed up for the prime minister’s visit, the third since he took office and second since the floods.

Thousands of police and paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force troops have been deployed in capital Srinagar and other towns to maintain law and order in view of the strike call given by separatists.

All vehicles entering the capital city are being searched.

Hardline separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik have called for a shutdown to protest the visit.

Thursday’s shutdown affected life in capital Srinagar and other towns.

Image: Security personnel stop vehicles for checking during a high alert for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Srinagar to celebrate Diwali with flood victims. Photograph: S Irfan/PTI Photo

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