SRINAGAR: Normal life was on Monday affected in Kashmir valley, including this summer capital, owing to a strike called by separatists on the death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged and later buried in Delhi's Tihar jail on this day in 1984.
Meanwhile, restrictions have been imposed in downtown and parts of the civil line as a precautionary measure to prevent any demonstration.
Shops and business establishments were closed though a good number of public and private vehicles were seen plying on roads in restriction-free areas in the city.
All the roads leading to Gantaghar and historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, had been barricaded and the people were being directed to take alternate MA road.
Business activities were paralysed in main business hubs of Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, Dalgate, Regal Chowk, Moulana Azad road, Residency road and Mahraj Bazar.
Additional security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and lathis in their hands, were seen patrolling the streets in Srinagar areas to prevent any untoward incident.
All the gates of Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, are locked since this morning.
A large number of security forces and state police personnel have been deployed in the Jamia market and outside the worship place to prevent people from entering there.
A report from Baramulla said life was crippled in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where shops were closed and traffic was off the road in support of the strike.
Additional security forces have been deployed in entire north Kashmir to prevent any law and order problem.
Life also came to a grinding halt in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in support of the strike called by separatists.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed to maintain law and order in major towns and tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Pulwama, Anantnag and Shopian, where business and other activities were paralysed and traffic was off the roads in support of the strike.