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Security Tightened In Kashmir Ahead Of Mehta Concert


Indian police frisk a Kashmiri man during a search operation ahead of a concert by Zubin Mehta in Srinagar.

Indian police frisk a Kashmiri man during a search operation ahead of a concert by Zubin Mehta in Srinagar.

Law-enforcement and security agencies in Indian-controlled Kashmir are tightening security ahead of a concert by the Bavarian State Orchestra with Indian-born conductor Zubin Mehta.

The German Embassy in India is organizing the event.

Ambassador Michael Steiner told a news conference on September 5 the aim of the concert was to "reach the hearts of Kashmiris with a message of hope and encouragement."

Some 1,500 invited guests will be attending the September 7 concert on the shore of Lake Dal in Srinagar.

Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India and violence there is common. Separatist groups have already threatened to disrupt the event.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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