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Kalam to visit Pundit camps

Jammu, June 25: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam begins a three-day tour of Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow which will take him to religious places, educational institutions, borders and even to the camps of Kashmiri Pundits.

It is Kalamís first visit to the state since becoming President last year. He will be visiting all three regions in the state.

He begins his visit by awarding the Presidentís Colour to the Jammu and Kashmir Police Training Academy at Udhampur. He then flies by chopper to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.

The President spends the rest of the day in the winter capital, where he is scheduled to address a special convocation at Jammu University and visit a migrant camp on the outskirts of the city.

Kalam visits a Buddhist monastery and a Sikh temple in Leh and the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar the next day.

Massive security arrangements have been put in place for his visit. The director-general of police Gopal Sharma said the measures were as per the guidelines framed for the security of a President. He said extra caution was being taken so that no untoward incident took place anywhere during Kalamís visit.

More than 50,000 security personnel have been deputed in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Governor Lt Gen. (retired) S.K. Sinha has been supervising arrangements for the Presidentís visit himself.

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed arrives here today to receive Kalam tomorrow.

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