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Tight security as Kashmir votes in stage two of elections 24/11/2008

Riot police have beaten back hundreds of anti-poll protesters in Indian Kashmir as the state voted in the second stage of elections.

The latest stage of the vote comes amid heightened tensions, with two anti-election protesters shot dead by police on Saturday.

Muslim militants and separatist politicians have called for a boycott of the polls, arguing elections strengthen India's hold over the region.

However, the first round of voting last week saw more than 60 percent turnout.

Indian Kashmir was put under federal rule in July following the collapse of the state government over a land row.

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