New Delhi, Mar 31: Separatist leaders of Jammu and Kashmir have called for strike against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on April 2. PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir to inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri tunnel, the longest in the country, on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway on April 2. Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik said Narendra Modi is visiting Jammu and Kashmir at a time when civilians are being killed by security forces.Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Police Intensify Searches, Tighten Security After Terrorists Kill Civilians In Valley
“There should be a complete shutdown on April 2 to protest the proposed visit of Modi. All rhetorics about development or construction of tunnels and roads are futile and will not succeed in luring us,” read the official statement of joint Hurriyat. “Narendra Modi should introspect and understand that investments of 70 years have got zero results and accept that Kashmir is an issue of unfulfilled aspiration for right to self determination,” it added. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Valley Sees Exodus of Workers After Migrant Labourers' Killings
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Jammu and Kashmir on April 2 to inaugurate the 9.28km Chenani-Nashri tunnel, which would reduce the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by around 30 kms and cut travel time by two hours as well. “We do not harbour any animosity towards the Indian Prime Minister but it is frightening and painful that instead of taking notice of the genocide in the state, he is awarding and rewarding the assassins,” Hurriyat said. Also Read - No Order Issued to Relocate Non-local Labourers to Security Camps: J&K Police
Meanwhile, heavy security deployment was seen in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to prevent separatist-called protests. The separatists have called for protests after the Friday congregational prayers. Authorities have placed senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq under house arrest in Srinagar while Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in the central jail.