Srinagar: Authorities on Sunday imposed severe restrictions in the Pulwama district of south Kashmir and six police station areas of Srinagar such as Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, M R Gunj and Maisuma in Jammu and Kashmir. A three-day strike was called by separatists under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) across Kashmir in the aftermath of  protests and clashes that broke out following the killing of three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in Pulwama encounter. Seven civilians were killed and several others, including two Army men, were left injured in the clashes.

The encounter between security forces and the protesters took place in Sirnoo village of Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday.

The precautionary move by authorities was to ensure the smooth functioning of the law and order. The officials added that the restrictions imposed were under Section 144 CrPc and the number of security forces deployed at certain sensitive areas was strengthened.

The JRL comprised of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. The separatists had asked people to march to the headquarters of the Army’s Chinar Corps at Badamibagh on Monday.

Three militants and a soldier were killed in the encounter.  Meanwhile, shops including the weekly flea market, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in the city due to the strike, the officials said.

They added that public transport was not in operation except a few private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws plying in certain areas. Notably, other district headquarters of the valley also witnessed a similar shutdown.

High-speed mobile Internet remained suspended in most parts of the valley, including Srinagar.

(With PTI inputs)