A multi-tier security setup has been put in place for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Samba on Sunday, officials said, hours after two suspected Pakistani terrorists were killed during an encounter in Jammu.
An alert has also been sounded along the border, and a high degree of vigilance is being maintained at vital installations in Jammu and Kashmir in view of the visit.
Their remarks came after an attempt by the banned terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to carry out a suicide attack ahead of the PM’s visit was foiled as two suspected Pakistani terrorists were killed in the encounter in Jammu. A CISF officer also died during the gunfight.
“A multi-tier security setup has been put in place in Samba and adjoining areas as a part of foolproof security,” a senior official said.
The venue of the public function has been made out of bounds for the general public, and a three-tier security arrangement has been made after conducting a full-fledged anti-sabotage checking, officials said.
The administration has been making arrangements to participate one lakh people in the programme.
Alertness in border areas has been raised, and various security agencies have enhanced vigilance on vital installations in the region.
The security establishment carried out several drills on Friday, including the landing of choppers and the movement of vehicles.
Sources said there are inputs about a greater threat perception this time.
Intercepts have also been received about possible threats, adding one group of terrorists was neutralised Friday.
They said some high-end surveillance equipment had been inducted into the security setup to ensure foolproof security.
In Jammu and Kathua, security has been beefed up with frisking and increased vehicle checking.
This will be Modi’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir other than his trip to the borders post since the abrogation of the special status of J&K in August 2019.
Modi is expected to launch industrial investments worth Rs 70,000 crore and inaugurate and lay the foundation of some developmental projects, including two power projects.