Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Saturday in protest against the killing of three civilians by government forces, one in Rangreth area of Srinagar and two at Arwani village of Kulgam on Friday.
Authorities had imposed curfew-like restrictions in downtown areas of Srinagar and in Pampore to prevent people from assembling on streets to protest.
The shutdown call was given by the united pro-freedom leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
Shops, restaurants, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained closed across the Valley. Public transport was also off the roads across Kashmir.
Soon after the killing of a civilian in Arwani, authorities had suspended mobile internet services, including of BSNL, in the entire Kashmir valley.
Police and paramilitary troopers laid concertina wires on major roads to thwart vehicular and pedestrian movement on Saturday. However, clashes between youth and government troops erupted at Frestabal area of Pampore during the day, when local youth took to the streets to protest the killing of local militant Adil Ahmad Mir in an encounter in Kulgam on Friday.
Train services in Kashmir also remained suspended for the day.