People in groups had visited various markets in the town last evening to solicit support for the ‘bandh’ today.
The protesters have alleged harassment by crime branch officials investigating the brutal rape and murder of the minor girl, whose body was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she had gone missing in the area.
Most of the shops and business establishments remained shut in the town along the Jammu-Pathankot highway.
Authorities, however, claimed that educational institutions and transport facilities functioned normally.
Several organisations, including the Bar Association and the Hindu Ekta Manch, staged a sit-in in the town.
“We are here to press for a CBI probe… We have lost faith in the crime branch investigation as politics is being played under the garb of probe,” Hindu Ekta Manch president Vijay Sharma said, addressing the protesters.