DATE=3/31/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/KASHMIR L-ONLY NUMBER=2-260802 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= INTRO: In India, a general strike called by the minority Sikh community paralyzed the Kashmir valley Friday where 35 Sikh villagers were massacred by suspected separatist Muslim militants 10 days ago. From New Delhi, Anjana Pasricha reports, thousands of Sikhs and Hindus converged on the village where the massacre took place, vowing to fight terrorism. TEXT: Transportation came to a halt and shops and businesses shut down in the provincial capital Srinagar and other major cities across the Kashmir valley Friday. The Kashmir Joint Sikh action committee called the strike to coincide with a religious ceremony for the 35 Sikh men who were shot by unidentified gunmen 10 days ago in the tiny village of Chati Singhpura. The strike was supported by the All Parties Huriyat conference - an umbrella grouping of mostly separatist Muslim political parties. Thousands of Sikhs from the nearby states of Punjab, Haryana, and New Delhi traveled to Chati Singhpura to pay homage to the Sikhs who had been killed -- offering flowers and praying at a local Sikh temple. Top Sikh leaders as well as prominent leaders from India's ruling Bharatiya Janata party (Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, Gurcharan Singh Tohra, and Aviation Minister Chaman Lal Gupta) urged the minority Sikh community to remain in the Kashmir valley. More than 50,000 Sikhs live in mostly Muslim Kashmir state. Following the massacre many Sikhs said they feel unsafe and may want to leave the valley. But political leaders are promising them more security. /// OPT /// Meanwhile, Indian authorities have agreed to exhume five bodies in Anantnag, 55 kilometers south of Srinagar, to determine their identities. Indian security forces killed the five last week, claiming they were some of the militants responsible for the Sikh massacre. But Anantnag residents say they are innocent villagers killed by security forces. The incident has sparked protests. /// END OPT /// The strife-torn Kashmir valley continued to witness more violence on Friday, when 10 people, including three Indian security personnel and five suspected militants, were killed. Police said at least one person was killed when suspected Islamic militants opened fire outside a Muslim shrine in Kreeri, 40 kilometers north of Srinagar, where devotees were taking part in an annual religious festival. Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. The two countries have fought several wars over the region and the dispute has again led to armed confrontation in the last year. (signed) NEB/AP/JO 31-Mar-2000 10:07 AM EDT (31-Mar-2000 1507 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .