Three young people were killed violently in the Indian-controlled Kashmir, despite a curfew that continued for a third day yesterday, following the execution of a Kashmiri man convicted in a deadly 2001 attack on India's Parliament.
Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi early Saturday. Ahead of the execution, authorities ordered people in most of the Indian-held part of the disputed Kashmir region to remain indoors indefinitely, in anticipation of anti-India protests.
Despite the curfew, protests and clashes between troops and demonstrators broke out at a dozen places in the region yesterday. Police and paramilitary soldiers fired tear gas and used batons to chase away rock-throwing protesters, police said.
Guru's execution is an extremely sensitive matter in the Himalayan region, where most people believe his trial was not fair. Several rights groups in India, and political groups in Indian Kashmir, also questioned the fairness of his trial.
Yesterday's protests coincided with the 29th anniversary of the execution of Mohammed Maqbool Butt, the founder of the pro-independence Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front. Several activists tried to hold a procession in Butt's honour in Srinagar, the main city in the region, but police chased them away.