SRINAGAR: The shut down call given by senior resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani against the killing of a three-year-old boy and his father in Sopore evoked a mixed response in the Valley.
Most shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Srinagar, except for the popular ‘Sunday Market’. Public transport too did not operate at many places, while private transport was partially hit.
Although there were no reports of any significant clashes and demonstrations, the government had deployed thousands of policemen and paramilitary troopers at many places in the city to thwart anti-India protests.
In the evening, a few, brief incidents of stone pelting were reported from several areas of the old city, which police put down swiftly using teargas canisters and pellet ammunition.
In Sopore, sporadic anti-India protests were reported which were later dispersed by Indian forces by resorting to baton charge. Reports said that anti-India and pro freedom songs were played throughout the day on the loud speakers of mosques.
During the day people also visited the home of the father-son duo in Sagipora village and expressed solidarity with family members.
Reports from Wailoo Pattan said that scores of people visited the home of Fayaz Ahmad Bhat (a Hizb militant whose body was found on Saturday morning) and paid rich tributes to him. Fayaz was father of six children.