Protest strike shuts Indian-administered Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Shops and businesses were shut in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday in response to a strike called by separatist groups to protest firing by Indian forces that wounded seven civilians in the disputed region.
Public transportation also was not running in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir.
On Friday, Indian troops fired on the civilians in Pulwama town as they carried two colleagues injured in a gun battle with rebels in a neighboring village. Seven civilians were wounded in the shooting, leading to massive anti-government protests.
Authorities ordered a probe and declared a curfew in Pulwama which continued Monday, said Shabir Ahmed, a police officer.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the region, claimed by both India and Pakistan and split by a heavily militarized line of control.