In pics: Shutdown in Kashmir against ‘arbitrary arrests’ of separatists

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.

In pics: How the shutdown affected valley:

Deserted street of polo view were all the shops and business establishments are closed in Srinagar on Sunday due to a strike called by separatists against mass arrest of separatists and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in the valley during the last 48 hours.
Deserted view of Sunday market were vendors put up their stalls on Sunday are closed in Srinagar on Sunday due to a strike called by separatists against mass arrest of separatists and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in the valley during the last 48 hours
Concertina Razor Wire have been placed to block the road a Kawdara in Srinagar Sunday where restrictions has been imposed as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem
Security personnel standing guard on the deserted street of Rajori Kadal in downtown Srinagar on Sunday were restrictions has been imposed as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem.
An elder person making way beneath from the concertina razor wire which has been placed at Rajori Kadal were restrictions has been imposed as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem.
Deserted steet of nowhatta chowk outside the historic Jamia Masjid were restrictions has been imposed as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem
Security personnel standing guard on the deserted street of Nowhatta in down town Srinagar on Sunday where restrictions has been imposed as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem
Deserted view of Regal Chowk were vendors put up their stalls on Sunday are closed in Srinagar due to a strike called by separatists against mass arrest of separatists and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in the valley during the last 48 hours