SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Most shops and businesses are shut in Indian-controlled Kashmir after separatists called for a three-day strike to demand the return of the body of Mohammed Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man secretly executed and buried in the Indian capital.

Hindu right wing Bajrang Dal activists burn portraits of Kashmiri Mohammed Afzal Guru as they celebrate his execution in New Delhi, India earlier this month. Pic: AP.

The strike began Wednesday and authorities imposed a ban on the assembly of more than four people to prevent protests in the region.

Kashmir was rocked by violent anti-India protests after Afzal Guru was hanged in a New Delhi jail Feb. 9. He was convicted of involvement in a 2001 attack on India’s Parliament.

(READ MORE: Opinion: The dubious hanging of Afzal Guru)

Three protesters died in clashes with troops.

Many Kashmiris believe Guru did not get a fair trial and the execution’s secrecy only fuelled the anger in a region where anti-India sentiment runs deep.

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