srinagar: A shutdown was observed on Monday in the Valley against the murderous assault on five Kashmiri truckers in Udhampur on Friday.
All shops and commercial establishments, educational institutions and petrol pumps were closed. The strike also affected public transport.
Security was beefed up across Srinagar, especially downtown to thwart anti-India protests. In the afternoon, a protest was oragnised by the JKLF at Lal Chowk. However police immediately swung into action and bundled the activists up in their vehicles.
Pro-freedom leaders, including JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, were put under house arrest.
Lawyers affiliated to Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association held a sit-in outside the Sadder Court Complex, shouting slogans against the Hindu rightwing organizations, accusing them of fomenting religious tension in the state to “pave way for another round of ethnic cleaning of Muslims in Jammu division”.