Authorities in Srinagar imposed restrictions in parts of the city on Monday to maintain law and order in the wake of three separate gunfights on Sunday that left 20 people, including three Army jawans, dead, police said.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has also called for a protest shutdown.
On Sunday, 13 militants and four civilians apart from the three soldiers were killed in the three gunfights that took place in Shopian and Anantnag districts.
Over 60 civilians were injured in clashes with the security forces as protesters resorted to stone pelting near the gunfight sites.
Authorities have placed Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik under house arrest in Srinagar to prevent their participation in the protest. Geelani, who had been on house arrest for eight years was released only on Friday.
Heavy contingents of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed in the restricted areas in Srinagar.
Markets, public transport and other businesses remained shut in the Valley.
All educational institutions will remain closed on Monday while exams scheduled for the day have been postponed.
Train services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla town and Bannihal town have been suspended too.
Mobile internet services have remained suspended since Sunday in south Kashmir areas while the speed of fixed line broadband connections has also been brought down to prevent uploading of provocative posts and pictures.