A massive deployment of the Indian security forces across Jammu and Kashmir on Monday to stop lawyers from forming a human chain as a mark of symbolic protest against the illegal occupation of their territory, exposed New Delhi's claim of commitment to the people's democratic rights. The reinforcement of troops came a day after a student was killed and 20 others were wounded when the police opened fire and lobbed teargas shells to disperse thousands of anti-India demonstrators in Srinagar. As Kashmiris observed a 'Black Day' on the call of the Jammu Kashmir Coordination Committee, business centres, schools and government offices remained closed across the Held Valley. The anti-India demonstrations, which erupted a few months back following a row over the transfer of a state land to a temple and which are gaining momentum, are being met by a tough crackdown by the occupation troops. Television images showed soldiers in riot gear patrolling the streets, deserted after the government imposed curfew in Srinagar and other important towns of the Held State. Meanwhile, according to a news report, the security forces killed five freedom fighters during a gun battle in the forests of Kishtiwar district, south of Srinagar. The continuing protests are more of a referendum against coming elections to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. The APHC and other Kashmiri leaders have repeatedly asserted that fraudulent polls are no alternative to liberation from Indian rule. The world should watch the plight of the people living in a society that shows little respect for human rights and continues to suppress a just struggle for their right of self-determination. President Asif Zardari rightly pointed out to Indian High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal in a meeting in Islamabad on Monday that the blockade of the River Chenab's water could dent the ongoing confidence-building measures between the two neighbouring countries. One had wished he had also reiterated Pakistan's stated position on Kashmir by emphasizing the centrality of the dispute in having normal relations with India.