Separatists strike to honor Indian Kashmir slain

Separatists called annual strike in Kashmir to mark Muslim clerics assassination 22 years ago.

Written by Agencies | Srinagar | Published:May 21, 2012 2:06 pm

An annual strike called by separatists in Indian-controlled Kashmir has shuttered shops and businesses on Monday to mark a Muslim cleric’s assassination 22 years ago.

The cleric,Mirwaiz Mohammed Farooq,had argued for the Himalayan territory’s right to vote on whether it should be independent or governed by India or Pakistan.

Separatists say they’re also honoring separatist leader Abdul Gani Lone,who was gunned down on the anniversary in 2002.

Officials say they’ve imposed restrictions on people’s movement within the main city of Srinagar in hopes of preventing a separatist rally Monday.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the region claimed by both India and Pakistan and split by a heavily militarized line of control between the two rivals.

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