Srinagar: Authorities on Wednesday imposed curfew restrictions in parts of Srinagar and Kupwara districts to thwart protests against the killing of three persons in firing by security forces in Handwara.
Two youth -- Iqbal Ahmad and Nayeem Bhat -- were killed in firing by security forces on protesters in Handwara town, after a protest which erupted on Tuesday after the alleged molestation of a girl student by a soldier.
A woman, Raja Begum (55), who was injured in the firing, succumbed at a hospital here on Wednesday.
Restrictions have been imposed in six police station areas of Srinagar city and Handwara area of Kupwara in north Kashmir, a police official said.
He said restrictions were imposed in Rainawari, Maharajgunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Safakadal and Maisuma police station areas of Srinagar as a precautionary measure in view of apprehensions regarding law and order problems.
However, the official said, in view of the Baisakhi festival, members of the Sikh community here would be allowed to move during the day.
Separatist groups have called for a strike against the killings.
Most shops, business establishments and petrol pumps were shut in areas other than those where restrictions have been imposed.
Public transport was off the roads while private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying, the official said. He said reports of shutdown were received from most of the district headquarters of the Valley.
The effect of the strike was accentuated in view of the Baisakhi holiday, he said.