A general shutdown hit life in Udhampur and Reasi districts of Jammu region over a call by political parties, a day after three cows were found dead in Chenani area.
Shops and educational institutions were closed and public transport was off the roads. Protesters also attempted to block the national highway at Udhampur and also the busy Udhampur -Pathankot Dhar road at several places.
Police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed in strength to maintain law and order and prevent anti-social elements from stoking communal passions.
The trouble erupted on Thursday morning after carcasses of three bovines were found near the SDM Office, the FCI godown and an adjoining poultry farm in Chenani town.
Deputy commissioner Udhampur Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, however, confirmed to reporters that the animals were not slaughtered as they did not have any cuts inflicted on them.
Choudhary said veterinary surgeons who conducted post-mortem examination of the carcasses revealed the animals had died due to poisoning.
The call for the shutdown was given by right-wing Hindu organisations and political parties such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Shiv Sena, and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP).
VHP and Bajrang Dal activists took out a protest rally in the towns and raised slogans to demand the immediate arrest of the culprits. Police, however, said there was no violence in the districts.
SSP Udhampur Sulaman Choudhary said three suspects had been arrested in this regard and investigation was going on.
Meanwhile, the Panthers Party called for a Jammu bandh on October 10.