Hundreds of security personnel were deployed in Kashmir on Tuesday to enforce a curfew to foil a separatist march against hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani's house arrest.
The general secretary of the Geelani-led faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Masrat Alam, had called for 'Hyderpora Chalo' – a march to Geelani's residence in uptown Srinagar.
Geelani has been placed under house arrest by the state government for more than three weeks now.
Sensing trouble, the authorities imposed a strict curfew in Srinagar and other major towns to stop the march.
"The government has decided to impose a strict curfew in the Valley with restrictions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits assembly of five or more persons, following 'Hyderpora Chalo' call given by the separatists," a police spokesperson said.
Police vehicles mounted with public address systems directed people not to venture out.