JAMMU/SRINAGAR — Amid tight security cover, Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Jammu on Monday. Shah will stay in J&K UT for three days and address two mega rallies in Rajouri and Baramulla while he is likely to chair a high-level security meeting in Srinagar as well.
Official sources told the news agency KNO that Shah arrived in Jammu this evening. He was received by J&K LG Manoj Sinha, senior officials from the administration, police and the BJP core group leaders at the technical airport in Jammu.
Official sources told KNO that Shah, after reaching Raj Bhawan Jammu, is scheduled to meet civil society groups, top businessmen and delegations of various organizations.
“On Tuesday morning, Shah will head towards Vaishno Devi Shrine situated at Trikuta Hills in Reasi district. On the eve of Ramnavami, Shah will perform a special pooja at Mata Vaishno Bhawan,” a source privy to the Shah’s itinerary told KNO.
After paying obeisance at Vaishno Devi Temple, sources said that Shah will proceed towards the border district of Rajouri where he will address a massive rally at Rajouri Bus Stand. “The Home Minister is likely to make an announcement of giving Scheduled Tribe status to the Pahari population of Rajouri during the rally,” they said.
The sources said that in Jammu, Shah will meet a selected group of BJP leaders at the convention centre. “He will also launch some developmental projects and lay the foundation stone of some new projects,” they said.
Shah will land in Srinagar on Tuesday evening, sources said, adding that on October 5, he will address a rally at Baramulla Sports Stadium. “In Srinagar, Shah will likely chair a high-level security meeting along with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Army, security force officials, officials of the Home Ministry and various security agencies,” the sources said. “If all goes well, the Home Minister may also visit some families of police martyrs in Kashmir.”
Meanwhile, security forces have been put on high alert in J&K while night patrolling and checkpoints have been increased on highways and crucial points. Srinagar city is under drone vigil to prevent any untoward incident during Shah’s visit.