Although curfew has been lifted from all parts of the Kashmir valley, normal life in Srinagar and nearby areas remained paralysed on Saturday due to a strike called by separatists to observe the fourth day ceremony of senior Hurriyat Conference leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was killed in a firing incident early this week.
Shops and business establishments, government offices, banks and educational institutions remained closed and transport was off the roads in response to a call given by the coordination committee of separatists, officials said.
The coordination committee is an amalgam of both factions of the Hurriyat Conference, the JKLF led by Mohammad Yasin Malik, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, the Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees, the traders' federation, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and the emplooyees' union.
Protestors marched to Pampore, the native village of Aziz, to participate in his fourth day ceremony. The ceremony was to follow a public meeting to be addressed by separatist leaders.
Aziz was killed in a firing incident at Chalal-Boniyar on August 11 while leading a procession to Muzaffarabad in protest against the "economic blockade" of the valley.
Fearing trouble, the authorities clamped curfew in Srinagar and the 40-km route from Sheeri to Uri on August 11 evening which was extended it to all 10 districts of the valley the next day.
* However, curfew restrictions were lifted on friday.