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Curfew as hardline Kashmir separatist calls protest

Indian police arrest Syed Ali Shah Geelani (arms raised) in Srinagar on 8 September 2010
Image caption Syed Ali Shah Geelani (arms raised) has long been a thorn in the side of the Indian Kashmir authorities

A day-long curfew has been imposed by the authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir to foil a protest march called by a hardline separatist group.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is under house arrest, has urged demonstrators to march to his residence in Srinagar.

More than 100 civilians have been killed since June in protests, but it has been nearly a month since the security forces fired on protesters.

This is the first curfew in Kashmir for more than a week.

Mr Geelani's calls for shutdowns have frequently brought life in the valley to a standstill, says the BBC's Altaf Hussain in Srinagar.

The authorities say Tuesday's curfew has been imposed to avoid a situation in which police would have to open fire.

Last month, the federal government announced measures to address surging violence in the valley.

They included compensation for families of those killed during recent clashes between pro-separatists and Indian security forces.

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