Normal life in Kashmir valley was on Friday disrupted due to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani in protest against alleged detention of "minors" for their involvement in separatist activities, a claim rubbished by the police.
Shops and business establishments in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas remain closed due to the strike, officials said.
Though private schools remain closed in most parts of the valley, government ones were open but attendance was thin due to non-availability of regular transport facilities.
However, the strike failed to evoke a strong response from suburban and rural areas, officials said.
Meanwhile, police had rubbished the allegations that 51 minor boys detained recently were political prisoners.
"They were arrested on the grounds of rape, sodomy, theft, outraging modesty of women, eve teasing, drug peddling, murder, kidnapping and other heinous social crimes," DIG (Srinagar range) Abdul Gani Mir said in Srinagar on Thursday in reaction to the shutdown called by Geelani following a report by New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights.
Mir said of the 51 cases mentioned in the report, only 38 belong to Kashmir valley.
"Majority of these alleged minors are already bailed out, which exposes the sinister designs of separatists (for calling strike)...to malign the image of the state and police, these Hurriyat leaders stoop low to portray rapists, thieves, rogues, gamblers, drug peddlers, eve teasers and murderers as political prisoners," he said.