Indian authorities ease curfew in parts of Kashmir in wake of days of violent protests

Authorities have relaxed a curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir to let people buy rations after days of protests over the secret execution of a Kashmiri man convicted in a deadly 2001 attack on India's Parliament.

In some towns, residents were allowed out of their homes for two hours Wednesday to buy food and other supplies even as heavily armed troops patrolled the streets. Most of the region's nearly 60 newspapers published Wednesday after shutting down for three days.

Manoj Panditha, a police spokesman, said the restrictions were relaxed after tensions eased in several districts across Kashmir and some neighborhoods in Srinagar, the region's main city.

The region was hit by violent anti-India protests after Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged Saturday. Three protesters died in clashes with government forces.