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Shops, businesses closed as separatists protest Indian prime minister's visit to Kashmir

  • Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard as Kashmiri women walk on a street in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Shops and businesses remained closed in Kashmir due to a separatist sponsored strike to protest a visit to the region by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard as Kashmiri women walk on a street in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Shops and businesses remained closed in Kashmir due to a separatist sponsored strike to protest a visit to the region by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Kashmiri boy rides bicycle past Indian paramilitary soldiers keeping guard outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Oct . 23, 2014. Shops and businesses remained closed in Kashmir due to a separatist sponsored strike to protest a visit to the region by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    A Kashmiri boy rides bicycle past Indian paramilitary soldiers keeping guard outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Oct . 23, 2014. Shops and businesses remained closed in Kashmir due to a separatist sponsored strike to protest a visit to the region by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian policemen check passing vehicles on a street in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Shops and businesses remained closed in Kashmir due to a separatist sponsored strike to protest a visit to the region by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Indian policemen check passing vehicles on a street in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Shops and businesses remained closed in Kashmir due to a separatist sponsored strike to protest a visit to the region by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Shops and businesses are closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir because of a protest by separatist groups against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled Srinagar, Kashmir's main city, to prevent demonstrations.

Modi met Thursday with aid groups and political parties in Srinagar to discuss ways to help thousands of Kashmiris left homeless by devastating floods last month. Angry Kashmir residents say the government's response to the flooding has been inadequate.

Modi earlier Thursday visited Indian soldiers stationed on the Siachen Glacier, known as the world's highest battlefield, to greet them on Diwali, a major Hindu festival.

Thousands of troops are stationed on Siachen in northern Kashmir as part of a decades-old standoff with Pakistan, which also claims the region.