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By The Associated Press
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 9:45 p.m.

SRINAGAR, India — Three young people were killed in violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir despite a curfew that continued for a third day on Monday in the wake of the execution of a Kashmiri man convicted in a deadly 2001 attack on India's Parliament.

Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi early Saturday. Before the execution, authorities had anticipated anti-India protests and ordered people in most of the Indian-held part of the disputed Kashmir region to remain indoors indefinitely.

Despite the curfew, protests and clashes between troops and demonstrators broke out at a dozen places in the region Monday.

Police and paramilitary soldiers fired tear gas and used batons to chase away rock-throwing protesters, police said.

Guru's execution is an extremely sensitive matter in the Himalayan region, where most people believe his trial was not fair. Several rights groups in India, and political groups in Indian Kashmir, questioned the fairness of his trial.

The protests coincided with the 29th anniversary of the execution of Mohammed Maqbool Butt, the founder of the pro-independence Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front.

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