Senior separatist leader and chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a three-day shutdown across Jammu and Kashmir. The other faction of the Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front have given call for one-day strike on Friday.
Meanwhile parts of Srinagar observed a spontaneous shutdown protesting the killings. Shopkeeper brought down shutters in Kashmir's city centre Lal chowk after the news of the killings became viral.
Loudspeakers in Jama Masjid, Srinagars biggest mosques urged people to observe shutdown. The chairman of the Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who is also head priest of the valley also called for protest demonstrations after Friday prayers. Stone pelting was reported from Maisuma area in civil lines which is a bastion of moderate Yasin Malik.
Malik condemned the sacrilege and the killings as "one of the biggest crimes committed by terrorist forces of India in Kashmir". He asked people to converge at Lalchowk (the main city centre in Srinagar) for a protest rally.
Locals in the area alleged that security force personnel stormed into a Madrassah late Wednesday night where they beat up the cleric and tore pages of the holy Quran. This sparked off protest demonstrations at a number of places in the district. There has been no official word about the incident or the casualties from the government so far.
The BSF authorities were not immediately available for comment. Even the state chief minister Omar Abdullah did not issue any statement on the matter so far.