Shutdown call was given by all the separatist parties and groups including Hurriyat (G), Hurriyat (M), Hurriyat (JK) and JKLF by calling the Indian Republic Day as “A Black Day”.
All the shops and business establishments are closed and the roads are giving a deserted look as no traffic is plying accept police and forces vehicles.
Reports of complete shutdown have reached from all the ten district headquarters of Kashmir.
Authorities had made unprecedented arrangements of security by deputing thousands of police and forces personnel on every road of Srinagar and elsewhere who had erected checkpoints two days earlier.
Mobile phones and internet services were suspended from Sunday morning to 1PM as has been the tradition on every 26th January and 15th August.
Amidst unprecedented security arrangements Republic Day functions were held in every district headquarter. The largest function of Kashmir was held at Bakhshi Stadium, Srinagar.
Police and forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters in Palhalan and Bandipora on Sunday after people came out of their houses and started protesting against searches in the area.
Authorities had deployed a large number of police and forces personnel in the village two days ahead of 26 January.
“The men in uniform have been making house to house searches since last two days and the practice continued today as well,” local sources told Kashmir Life adding “This provoked the people who came out and started protesting against it.”
The protesting people raised anti-India slogans and started marching towards the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway.
Sources said that police and forces chased the protesters who in retaliation pelted stones on them.
Police later used tear gas shells to disperse the protesters resulting in panic in the village.
Sources said that clashes continued for an hour and an extra reinforcement of police personnel helped in controlling the situation.