Bullet-proof luxury cars including a customized BMW have reached Jammu on Thursday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jammu and Kashmir visit on Saturday.
Several made-to-order sedans and critical care ambulances also arrived in Jammu, the winter capital of the state, sources in the intelligence department told news agency IANS. “The cars came on train and will be used for the VVIP visit,” a source said.
The Prime Minister will address a large audience at the the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium in Srinagar and hold another public meeting at Baglihar in the Jammu region. “It is going to be a grand rally,” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh of the BJP told reporters about the Srinagar event.
“Both venues will be taken over by the SPG and sealed till the Prime Minister arrives,” a source said. They will be surveyed by air too.
Kashmiri separatists have called for a counter rally in Srinagar on Saturday. Srinagar authorities have told hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani that their rally cannot be held.
Over 200 separatists, sympathizers and known stone-pelters have been taken into preventive custody.
Police on Wednesday arrested Engineer Rashid, an independent legislator from north Kashmir’s Langate constituency who was earlier beaten up by BJP legislators in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly.
Mr Rashid had threatened to greet the PM with black flags.
Separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Muhammad Nayeem Khan and others have been placed under house arrest.