Indian Republic Day celebrations pass peacefully amid tight security

Indians have celebrated Republic Day without major incident except in disputed Kashmir, where separatists held a general strike to protest Indian rule.

Security was tight Saturday in Kashmir and in the insurgency-wracked remote northeast.

Official observances were held in Kashmir despite a near-total shutdown caused by the general strike. However, In the northeast, people ignored another call for a general strike made by six insurgent groups.

Republic Day commemorates the day India's Constitution came into effect in 1950. Celebrations usually include military parades and displays of weaponry, cultural pageants and dances. In New Delhi, thousands of police and paramilitary personnel guarded a massive parade to the city's Red Fort.