A complete shutdown is being observed by the Muslim community in Bhaderwah and Doda regions of Jammu against the arrest of a young social worker and "continuous human rights violations in Kashmir valley since past 52 days."
Shops, other business establishments and some private schools belonging to Muslims remained closed, however government schools, offices and banks were functioning normally and traffic was plying on the roads as usual.
The shutdown call was issued by Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhaderwah and Bar Association Doda to lodge protest against District Administration for arresting young social worker, Advocate Babar-ul-Hasan and invoking of Public Safety Act (PSA) against him.
The bandh was also called to show solidarity with Kashmiri people, who are going through worst since last 52 days, and protest against state government's failure to safeguard the human rights there.
"We have given a call for peaceful bandh to show our resentment against District Administration, for unnecessarily harassing and arresting local youth on the behest of some communal politicians and also to resent the pathetic attitude of Union and State Governments for killing and wounding unarmed Kashmiri civilians, most of the times without any provocation. The common man in Kashmir is being held as hostage since last 52 days. This is the worst kind of human rights violation we have ever seen," said Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhaderwah President Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh.
"We are living peacefully here in District Doda but some officers in District administration and few elected representatives are hell bent upon to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere and are trying to create communal tension by invoking PSA against innocent youth on the behest of RSS," he added.
Sheikh demanded the immediate release of Advocate Baber-ul-Hasan and withdrawal of cases lodged against him.
Later in the afternoon, a protest rally was also taken out in Doda which started from Markazi Jamia Masjid and marched towards Eid-gah.
The protesters were raising slogans against District Magistrate, DySP headquarters and government for its "anti-people policy".
The protesters also raised pro-Pakistan slogans to show their resentment against the district administration.
Meanwhile, reports from Banihal said that the members of Bar Association suspended their work to protest the arrest of Advocate Baber-ul-Hassan.