Chinese state owned news paper Xinhua reported on the ensuing visit of the Prime Minister of India Mr.Manmohan Singh and Ms.Sonia Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress.
“SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 21 (Xinhua) – Security in Indian-controlled Kashmir has been beefed up Friday in view of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the region starting from June 25, officials said.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the region especially in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian- controlled Kashmir, in view of the proposed high profile visit. Singh is likely to be accompanied by Indian Congress party president and ruling coalition (United Progressive Alliance – UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Indian police and paramilitary troopers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have intensified random checking in Srinagar city.
“This afternoon police and CRPF cordoned the Lal Chowk area and asked the people to form queues,” said Farooq Ahmad, a shopkeeper. “Thereafter they checked out identity cards of the pedestrians and carried out frisking which surprised everyone.”
The Inspector General of Police in Srinagar, A G Mir told a news gathering agency the searches were carried out to prevent any untoward incident.
However, none was arrested during the cordon.
Singh and Gandhi are scheduled to jointly flag off an extension of railway service from Qazigund to Banihal town.
Security forces have been put on high alert in Banihal and Qazigund areas and along the railway line.
A guerrilla war is going on between militants and stationed Indian troops in the region since 1989.
Separatist groups demanding end of New Delhi’s rule have called for a complete shutdown on June 25 in the region to protest Singh’s visit.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from British, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir”.