Srinagar, Jan 1: Shops and business establishments were on Friday closed in most parts of the summer capital, Srinagar, due to a spontaneous strike in support of demand of impartial and time bound inquiry into Srinagar encounter in which three alleged militants were killed by security forces.
Even though there was no strike call given by any organization, shops and business establishments were closed in downtown, civil lines and parts of uptown in Srinagar. However, traffic was plying normally on roads on the city, where additional security forces have been deployed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
Business and other activities were crippled in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve-centre of summer capital, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, Moulana Azad Road, Residency Road and Dalgate. Roadside vendors, selling vegetables and fruit were seen in the civil lines.
Shops and business establishments were also closed in downtown, including Jamia market, Gojwara and Habbakadal.
The families and relatives of the slain youth claimed that they are innocent and were killed in staged encounter.