Life in Kashmir Valley remained paralysed for the third consecutive day on Wednesday following a strike call by the Sayed Ali Shah Geelani-led hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference over the Amarnath land row.
Geelani called the strike on Tuesday in a pre-emptive move to prevent the Centre from any possible amendment of the order which cancelled transfer of 39.88 hectares of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).
He had called a bandh on Monday to express solidarity with Muslims of Jammu region who were reportedly attacked by mobs at several places in Samba, Udhampur and Kathua districts. Another spontaneous strike followed yesterday after a youth was killed during police action on Monday.
The HC again called for a strike today after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened an all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss the Amarnath row.
"We apprehend that the revoked order might be amended during the all-party meeting convened by the Prime Minister. As a mark of protest against any such move, I appeal to the people of Kashmir to observe a complete strike," Geelani told reporters on Tuesday.
Shops, business establishments, schools, government and private offices remained closed across the valley, official sources said. Vehicles also remained off the roads.
Geelani asked the people, especially the youth, not to venture out during the strike. "We want a peaceful bandh... incidents of stone pelting giving a chance to the police to use force against the protesters should be avoided."
Though no major incidents were reported during today's strike, small groups of youths pelted stones at police at Masiuma and burnt tyres at Maharaja Bazaar, officials said.
The state administration has deployed additional police and paramilitary forces across the state to maintain law and order.