Indian Kashmir under lockdown, separatists detained for Prime Minister Modi’s visit

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard at a closed market area during restrictions in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Thousands of government forces have fanned out across the Indian portion of Kashmir to provide a security shield for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to inaugurate a power project and offer a financial aid package a year after the region was devastated by massive floods. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The main city in Indian Kashmir is under a security lockdown to prevent protests during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Police sharpshooters are stationed on the rooftops of all buildings near the cricket stadium in Srinagar where Modi is addressing a rally Saturday. The buildings are occupied by security troops.

The streets are deserted, except for government troops in riot gear carrying automatic weapons.

Separatists have planned a rally Saturday near the site of Modi’s speech. Ahead of the visit, police detained separatist leaders and hundreds of their supporters to prevent the protest against Indian control over the disputed region.

Muslim-majority Kashmir is divided between Hindu-dominated India and Muslim-majority Pakistan, with both claiming the entire territory.

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