SRINAGAR: Armed soldiers and police have fanned out across much of Indian-controlled Kashmir to enforce a security lockdown as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a shutdown and protests on the second anniversary of the killing of a charismatic leader.
Government forces Sunday patrolled deserted streets and sealed off the hometown of 22-year-old Burhan Wani to stop protests.
Wani was killed along with two associates in a brief gunbattle with Indian troops two years ago.
Separatist leaders have called for a general strike and protest march to Wani’s hometown to honor him.
The killing triggered open defiance against Indian rule and led to months of massive protests and clashes in the disputed region.—AP