Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Jammu-Kashmir on Sunday to celebrate Diwali with Army troops stationed along the Line of Control in Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Modi directly flew to the Army Brigade Headquarters in the border district to interact with the troops deployed along the LoC, the officials said.
This is the third time that the prime minister visited Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate Diwali with the troops in the border state since 2014. However, this is the first time after the abrogating provisions of Section 370.
In the last two months, the area witnessed intense mortar shelling and small arms fire by Pakistani troops who have been targeting the forward Indian positions and civilians without any provocation.
Modi started the practice of interacting with troops serving in tough areas on Diwali soon after taking over as the prime minister in 2014 when he had spent his Diwali at Siachen in the Ladakh region with the Jawans.
While there has been no official word from the Army, sources in the civil administration and police confirmed the arrival of PM to celebrate Diwali with the troops. In 2015, Modi’s visit to the Punjab border on Diwali coincided with 50 years of 1965 Indo-Pak war. In 2018, he celebrated the festival in the icy terrain near the Indo-China border in Uttarakhand with the Army and the ITBP personnel.