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Kashmiris shut down businesses to protest India's plan to build Hindu townships

  • Indian policemen patrol a closed market area during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Kashmiris closed shops and businesses in the disputed Himalayan region Saturday to protest India’s plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas. Many of the Hindus, known as Pandits, had fled to Hindu-dominated areas in Jammu region or elsewhere in India in 1990. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Indian policemen patrol a closed market area during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Kashmiris closed shops and businesses in the disputed Himalayan region Saturday to protest India’s plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas. Many of the Hindus, known as Pandits, had fled to Hindu-dominated areas in Jammu region or elsewhere in India in 1990. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri Muslim men sit outside a shop with shutters half closed during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Kashmiris closed shops and businesses in the disputed Himalayan region Saturday to protest India’s plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas. Many of the Hindus, known as Pandits, had fled to Hindu-dominated areas in Jammu region or elsewhere in India in 1990. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri Muslim men sit outside a shop with shutters half closed during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Kashmiris closed shops and businesses in the disputed Himalayan region Saturday to protest India’s plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas. Many of the Hindus, known as Pandits, had fled to Hindu-dominated areas in Jammu region or elsewhere in India in 1990. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Displaced Kashmiri Hindus, known as Pandits, burn an effigy representing Kashmiri separatists for opposing India's plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 11, 2015. The issue of returning Hindus sparks high emotion in the mostly-Muslim region. Local political leaders criticized the plan to house nearly 200,000 Hindus in new townships as a conspiracy to create communal division by separating the region's population along religious lines. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Displaced Kashmiri Hindus, known as Pandits, burn an effigy representing Kashmiri separatists for opposing India's plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 11, 2015. The issue of returning Hindus sparks high emotion in the mostly-Muslim region. Local political leaders criticized the plan to house nearly 200,000 Hindus in new townships as a conspiracy to create communal division by separating the region's population along religious lines. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)  (The Associated Press)

Kashmiris have shuttered shops and businesses in the disputed Himalayan region to protest India's plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas.

The Kashmiri separatists who called Saturday's strike say the plan to house nearly 200,000 Hindus in new townships is part of a conspiracy to separate the region's population along religious lines.

Many of the Hindus, known as Pandits, had fled to Hindu-dominated areas in Jammu region or elsewhere in India in 1990.

Clashes on Friday between anti-India protesters and government forces left at least 20 people injured, including a photojournalist and eight policemen, in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar.