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Strike in Kashmir shuts shops and businesses

Mukhtar Khan / AP

A Kashmiri child plays with a balloon as Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard during a strike in Srinagar on Feb. 11. Shops and businesses were closed and road traffic was thin Friday across the Indian portion of Kashmir in response to a strike called by separatist groups to honor a pro-independence leader executed by India more than 25 years ago.

Mukhtar Khan / AP

Indian policemen detain activists from the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party during a demonstration in Srinagar on Feb. 11 following a strike call by separatist groups.

AP reports:

Friday's strike was called by separatists to honor Mohammad Maqbool Butt, the founder of the separatist Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front. Butt was hanged in New Delhi's Tihar prison after a court found him guilty of killing an Indian intelligence officer and conspiring to kill an Indian diplomat, in Britain.

Butt's family as well as separatist leaders have asked Indian authorities to hand over his remains for burial in the Himalayan region. The government has so far rejected the demand.