SRINAGAR, India – Hundreds of armed police and paramilitary soldiers are patrolling the disputed region of Kashmir where anti-India separatists called a strike to protest the secret execution two years ago of a former Kashmiri rebel and medical student.
Streets in the main city of Srinagar were near deserted Monday as shops and offices stayed closed to mark the anniversary of the execution.
Authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Srinagar and detained at least 100 anti-India activists to prevent violent protests. Kashmiris were incensed when Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged in secret on Feb. 9, 2013, in a New Delhi jail. Many in this mostly Muslim region believe Guru was not given a fair trial on charges of involvement in 2001 Parliament attack that killed 14 people, including five gunmen.