SRINAGAR, India – A general strike and curfew have shut Indian-controlled Kashmir following the death of a Muslim teenager attacked by a Hindu mob over rumors of cows being slaughtered.
Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states.
Thousands of people who attended Zahid Rasool's funeral Monday in Botengo village in southern Kashmir shouted anti-Indian slogans demanding freedom from Indian rule.
Rasool died in a New Delhi hospital on Sunday after he and another truck driver were set ablaze by a mob in the Hindu-dominated Udhampur neighborhood.
Police officer Danish Rana said nine people have been arrested in connection with Rasool's death.
Businesses, schools and shops remained due to the strike called by anti-India separatists and traders to denounce the killing.