Srinagar, Dec 24: Life in Charar-e-Sharief town and adjoining villages in the central Kashmir district of Badgam, was paralysed today due to one-day general strike, demanding setting up of a degree college.
Similar protests were also held in other areas in the valley last week after the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet announced the decision to set up 18 new degree colleges across the state.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road in the town, including in and around the holy shrine of Sheikh Noor-uddin Wali.
Reports of total strike were also received from other adjoining villages. People were demanding setting up of a degree college in the area.
They alleged that there is no degree college in the entire area and hundreds of students of about three dozen villages had to travel to Srinagar for studies.
Work in government offices and other commercial establishments was also affected due to strike. Similar demands were received from other areas of the valley.
However, at Magam, one person was killed and 25 others were injured after police opened fire to disperse violent demonstrators last week.