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Police and Protesters Clash in Indian Kashmir


Police and protesters clashed Friday in Indian-administered Kashmir as separatist groups carried out a day-long strike against Indian rule. More than 40 people are reported to have been injured.

Shops, businesses and schools were closed in the region. Separatists say the strike - which coincided with United Nations Day - was to mark the adoption of a U.N. resolution calling for a referendum to determine whether Kashmir should be part of India or Pakistan.

Pro-separatist protests have grown in recent months, but have been largely contained by Indian security forces.

India plans to hold multi-stage local elections in Kashmir beginning in November.

Earlier this week, Indian authorities arrested two separatist leaders who had called for a boycott of the vote.

About 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Indian-administered Kashmir since a separatist insurgency began in 1989.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. Two of the three wars the two countries have fought have been over the disputed territory.

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