SRINAGAR, India — Thousands of Muslims rallied in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday over the death of an activist who had led a recent wave of public outrage against the rape and murder of two young women.
Police were investigating after the body of Mohammed Hussain Zargar, 42, was discovered late Tuesday in an orchard, three days after he went missing.
Zargar, a property developer, was a prominent figure in the campaign to find those guilty of killing a 17-year-old girl and her 22-year-old sister-in-law in May.
The campaign became a focus for violent protests against Indian rule of Muslim-majority Kashmir.
Police initially said the two women drowned, but later acknowledged they had both been raped and murdered. Family members have accused the security forces of being involved in their deaths.
Zargar and the two dead women were all found in the same town of Shopian.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the Kashmir valley, where the majority of residents want independence for the Himalayan region.
A nearly 20-year insurgency in Indian Kashmir has claimed more than 47,000 lives by official count.