The call for the shutdown was given by APHC(G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and was endorsed by the chairman of APHC (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
In Srinagar, all government run and private offices, education institutes, banks and financial institutions, petrol pumps remained close in response to the strike call while the transport remained off the roads.
CRPF and police armed with sophisticated weapons and riot gear guarded the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes to foil any attempt of the people to stage demonstrations against the custodial ‘killing’.
Reports of complete shutdown were also received from other major towns and districts of the Valley.
In Sopore, Rashid’s native town, a complete shutdown is being observed fourth consecutive day against his killing.
Curfew like restrictions have been imposed by the authorities fearing wide spread protests and clashes. All roads leading to Sopore were sealed off by police with spools of barbed wire.
clashes in parts of Srinagar
Despite heightened security in many parts of the Kashmir valley, groups of youth took to streets at various places, particularly in Srinagar, to protest against the alleged custodial killing of Sopore youth, Nazim Rashid.
Reports said groups of youth took to streets at Maisuma, Gaw Kadal, Khayam, Nowpora, Baba Demb, Nowhatta, Kawdara and other areas of this Capital City and clashed with troopers and the policemen.
Besides chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protesters also pelted rocks and stones on the forces. The forces returned the stones sparking off fierce clashes.
The pitched battles continued till late afternoon.
At many places, armored vehicles were placed to restrict the movement of villagers.