Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kashmir tense ahead of planned rally

Tension is running high in Indian-administered Kashmir as the volatile region braces for yet another mass demonstration to commemorate the Martyrs' Day.

Protesters called for a third day of strikes on Tuesday and announced plans for a rally in Srinagar to mark the killing of 21 people by jail guards in 1931 known as the Martyrs' Day.

The deadly incident took place as people revolting against Kashmir's former ruler Hari Singh stormed the central jail in Srinagar city. In response, jail guards opened fire on protestors.

Meanwhile, police officials reacted to the demonstration plan on Tuesday, confirming that no rally would be allowed.

"Restrictions are in place throughout Srinagar city as a precautionary measure to protect civilian life and property from the designs of anti-social elements," a senior police officer said.

Indian security forces are struggling to control demonstrations in the Kashmir valley after being blamed for the killing of 15 civilian protestors over the past month.

Each death sparked fresh violence across the volatile Himalayan region.

India and Pakistan both claim full control over Kashmir but rule the territory only in part. The dispute has led to two wars between the two countries.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Kashmir since anger against the Indian rule turned into rebellion back in 1989.

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