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Strike shuts down Kashmir on death anniv. of man executed by India in 2013

Indian-controlled Kashmir has been hit by a general strike to mark the death anniversary of a Kashmiri man who was executed by India for his alleged involvement in an attack on India’s parliament in 2001.

On Sunday, almost all Shops and businesses remained closed, and traffic stayed off the streets in the main city of Srinagar and some other major towns of the disputed Himalayan valley.

Reports indicated that Indian troops, in full riot gear, erected iron barricades and laid concertina wire in parts of the region to prevent any protests.

Police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled largely deserted streets in Srinagar and elsewhere across the Muslim-majority region.

Low-speed mobile internet, which was restored last month, was also shut down as a precautionary measure.

The strike was called by the pro-independence groups that oppose New Delhi’s rule over the troubled valley.

On Thursday, the pro-independence separatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) called for strikes on Feb. 9 and Feb. 11 to observe the anniversary of the death of Afzal Guru, and then that of its founder Maqbool Bhat.