SRINAGAR, India – 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 make a campaign speech Monday ahead of local elections.
K. Rajendra, the top police officer in Jammu-Kashmir state, says authorities are taking extra precautions following daring daylong insurgent attacks Friday on an army camp and other targets left 21 people dead, including six attackers.
Sharpshooters have been posted on rooftops in the main city of Srinagar, where Modi is scheduled to speak at an election rally in a sports stadium.
Rebel groups have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. More than 68,000 people have been killed in the uprising and Indian military crackdown, which has largely suppressed rebel activity.