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Indian authorities impose restrictions on India-controlled Kashmir ahead of polls
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18:57, April 29, 2009

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Indian police and paramilitary troopers in Srinagar and other major towns of India-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday imposed severe restrictions ahead of the third phase of Indian general elections.

The step has been taken to prevent anti-election demonstrations following Tuesday's violent protests in Srinagar, the summer capital of the region.

"The troopers are deployed outside our house and did not allow us to move. They chase out everyone trying to venture on the road," Abeer Majid, a Srinagar resident, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Police and troopers are patrolling the streets of Srinagar in wake of the undeclared curfew imposed by the authorities, and laying barricades in the streets.

"The restrictions were imposed as a preventive measure to maintain law and order in the city and other towns," said a senior police officer in Srinagar, who asked for anonymity.

Twenty protesters including three Indian paramilitary force personnel were injured in the clashes on Tuesday evening in Srinagar city soon after a 50-hour shutdown call by separatist groups began taking effect in the region to protest elections.

The earlier two phases were peaceful in Jammu division of the region.

Source: Xinhua

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