For second consecutive day on Monday, life remained paralysed in Kashmir valley in the wake of death anniversaries of executed Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and hanging of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat.
The police since the morning placed heavy deployments in sensitive localities of old parts of the Srinagar city. Locals alleged that the security forces stopped them for identification and returned many vehicles passing through the old city.
Preliminary reports from north and south Kashmir suggest that there are restrictions at a few towns like Sopore, hometown of Guru, but a complete shutdown is being observed in most districts there.
Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani has called for a three day shutdown to commentate the death anniversaries of Guru who was executed on February 9, 2013 and Bhat, who was hanged on February 11, 1984.
The separatists have raised their pitch again for return of mortal remains of the two. Both Bhat and Guru are buried inside Delhi's Tihar Jail.
"Our struggle for return of mortal remains will continue," said JKLF chief Yasin Malik.
The authorities have taken around 50 separatist leaders and their supporters into preventive detention to stop attempt to carry out rallies or protests on the anniversaries.