Srinagar (IP) – On the eve of the 26th of January, India National Day, the security forces stationed in the Srinagar area of Kashmir held an exercise to deal with possible clashes with the independence movement.

Iran PressAsia: According to an Iran Press correspondent from Indian-controlled Kashmir, government forces are on high alert and held an urban drill on Tuesday in the Lal Chowk area of Srinagar city to prepare for providing the security of India National Day.

On January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India, 3 years after independence in 1947, came into force, and this day was declared as "Republic Day," one of the three national holidays in India.

Republic Day celebrations are held in various cities, but security forces are on high alert for fear of clashes with Kashmiri independence activists in the Indian-controlled Kashmir region.

The disputed region of Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence in 1947. Both countries claim complete sovereignty over the territory.

On August 5, 2019, New Delhi authorities repealed Article 370 of the country's constitution, which provided a particular situation in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Under the new law, Jammu and Kashmir became a union territory instead of a state.

Indian-controlled Kashmir has since seen escalating tensions and clashes.

At least 170 independence activists, 34 civilians, and 30 Indian soldiers were killed in Kashmir last year, according to the latest figures released by the Indian government.


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