A complete shutdown was observed in Kota city on Saturday against the kidnapping and murder of a seven-year-old boy, Rudraksh, on Friday.
The strike was called by Kota Vyapar Sangh and supported by about 140 organisations of the city.
While most markets and shops voluntarily remained closed, several protesters were seen forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters in Vigyan Nagar and Dadabari areas.
The protesters shouted slogans against the police and the district administration, saying both have failed to ensure adequate security in the city.
Student leader Chaitan Solanki shaved off his head outside the office of Kota city superintendent of police’s office in protest, while students of the Government Janaki Devi Bajaj Girls College lit candles to pay homage to the murdered child.
Representatives and members of several organisations carried out a candle march on Friday evening in protest against the murder.
Rudraksh Haanda, son of Puneet Handa, a bank manager, was abducted from a park near his home in Talwandi area of Kota city on Thursday. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore and when they realised it was not coming, they gagged the child and tied his hands before throwing him into a canal of Chambal river. His body was recovered from the canal near Jakhmund in Bundi district on Friday.
The police have released a sketch of the suspects and announced a reward of `1 lakh for any information leading to their arrest.
SHO of Jawahar Nagar police station Haricharan Meena has been suspended for laxity.