Geelani and the Mirwaiz were arrested Aug 24, while Malik was detained Aug 25 to prevent their participation in the proposed separatist march to city centre Lal Chowk on Aug 25. They had been released on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan that began on Tuesday.
A total shutdown was observed in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla. The separatist coordination committee had called for peaceful symbolic protests on Friday, Sep 5 to be followed by Saturday's shutdown across the valley.
"Today's shutdown call is against the agreement over the forest land between the Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti and the government, which we have already rejected," separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani said.