Much of Kashmir Valley was shut on Sunday in response to a call by separatists against what they called were “arbitrary arrests” carried out by security agencies.
Nearly 200 people, many of them linked to Jamaat-e-Islami, were arrested on Saturday as part of a crackdown in Kashmirthat coincided with the Union home ministry orders to move reinforcements to Kashmir.
The shutdown came even as Governor Satya Pal Malik appealed to the people not to believe rumours and to remain calm. “These rumours are unnecessarily creating an atmosphere of fear in the minds of people, leading to stress and disruption of normal life,” he said in a statement.
On Saturday night, a few office bearers of another religious organisation Jamiat Ahli Hadees (JAH) were also detained in a raid in south Kashmir.
Markets were deserted, shops closed and traffic movement on the roads of Srinagar and other district headquarters was very thin. Authorities have imposed restrictions in major parts of old city and blocked roads using concertina wires and iron barricades to stop any mass public movement or traffic movement in these areas.