Prime Minister Narendra Modi will celebrate Diwali on Thursday with soldiers deployed on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, according to official sources.
The sources said the celebrations will take place at the Nowshera sector .
The decision of the Prime Minister celebrating the 'Festival of Lights' with the soldiers comes at a time when the army is carrying out one of the longest anti-terror operations in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
Eleven soldiers have been killed during the last three weeks in the two districts where a fresh spurt of violence has been witnessed recently.
Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane carried out an aerial visit on Wednesday on the eve of Modi's arrival in the area.
This would be the second time the Prime Minister will celebrate Diwali with the soldiers in Rajouri district after the first in 2019.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi wished people a happy Diwali in a tweet . He said "It is my wish that the festival brings happiness, prosperity and good fortunes in everyone's life,"
दीपावली के पावन अवसर पर देशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। मेरी कामना है कि यह प्रकाश पर्व आप सभी के जीवन में सुख, संपन्नता और सौभाग्य लेकर आए।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 4, 2021
Wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali.