Protests against Indian rule have erupted at many places in Kashmir after authorities lifted a curfew throughout the disputed Himalayan region for the first time in 54 days. A young man was killed and several others were injured in clashes between rock-throwing protesters and government forces.

Police said the man was killed when security forces fired at protesters Wednesday in northern Nadihal village.

Despite the lifting of the curfew, shops and schools remained closed because of a protest strike called by separatists challenging India's sovereignty over Kashmir.

The curfew, a series of communication blackouts and a tightening crackdown have failed to stop some of the largest protests against Indian rule in recent years, triggered by the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8.