Normal life was affected in Bhadarwah and Kishtwar towns and Khari tehsil of Ramban district in Chenab Valley on Tuesday due to a shutdown called to protest the killing of eight civilians in firing by government forces during polling for Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat on Sunday.
The call for strike was issued by the Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah and Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar to protest the killing of eight civilians on the polling day in Budgam and Ganderbal districts and recent attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Jammu.
Shops and other business establishments and some private schools of Muslim community remained closed.
However government schools, offices and banks were functioning normally and traffic was moving on the roads as usual in Bhaderwah.
"We have given a call for peaceful bandh to lodge our protest against innocent civilian killings in Kashmir, attack on Rohingya Muslim refugees in Jammu and increasing influence of RSS-backed government employees in Chenab Valley," said President Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah, Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh,
Elaborate security arrangements were made in all the major towns of district including Doda, Thathri, Gandoh, Kahara and Bhadarwah.
In Kishtwar, all business establishments and private institutions remained closed while the attendance was thin in government schools and colleges.
Complete shutdown was observed in Khari tehsil of Ramban district.
(With inputs from Touseef Butt in Kistwar and Mohammad Taskeen in Banihal)