Wider angle: what Kashmir had to endure for Modi

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A cyclist is trapped in spools of concertina wire laid by security forces to block a road in Srinagar. Photo: Shahid Tantray

Wider angle: what Kashmir had to endure for Modi

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Security forces stand guard at the deserted city centre of Lal Chowk. Photo: Shahid Tantray

Wider angle: what Kashmir had to endure for Modi

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Police detain Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani as he attempts to take out the 'Million March' to counter Narendra Modi's rally. Photo: Shahid Tantray

Wider angle: what Kashmir had to endure for Modi

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Narendra Modi with CM Mufti Sayeed at the Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, where he announced a Rs 80,000 crore package for the state. Photo: Shahid Tantray

Wider angle: what Kashmir had to endure for Modi

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A woman in the audience at Modi's rally. Photo: Shahid Tantray

Wider angle: what Kashmir had to endure for Modi

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Sanaullah Panzoo, of Kupwara in north Kashmir, shows his bravery appreciation certificate. "I came to see Modi as he is going to announce a package for the state." Photo: Shahid Tantray

Wider angle: what Kashmir had to endure for Modi

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The crowd at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium listens as Modi announces an economic package for J&K. Photo: Shahid Tantray

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Wider angle: what Kashmir had to endure for Modi's rally

Shahid Tantray @shahidtantray

The Mufti Sayeed regime went out of its way to make Narendra Modi's rally a success.

The ruling PDP managed to gather a huge crowd to fill the Sher-i-Kashmir stadium, thanks in no small part to Sajjad Lone's Peoples Conference.

And to thwart the Hurriyat's parallel 'Million March', sources in the police said, the state had detained 235 separatists leaders and activists, and more than 2,000 youth across the valley. They included Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had called for the march, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and Asiya Andrabi.

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The people collected for Modi's rally were issued special passes to let them through strict security restrictions. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah claimed the government had forced its employees to make up the crowd at the rally. Indeed, scores of migrant labourers were seen in the audience.

The security forces had barricaded entry points to Srinagar with coils of concertina wire. Barricades were also put up within the city to restrict movement of people. Mobile internet services had been shut two days in advance.

Shahid Tantray @shahidtantray