Srinagar, Oct 17 (UNI) Business and other activities in the civil line and other areas came to a halt at noon today on a call given by the Coordination Committee (CC), spearheading the agitation in the valley.
As the ''mozan'' gave the call for the Friday prayers from the mosques this afternoon, the shopkeepers closed their establishments in the civil lines, including the historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Other activities also came to halt in the city. However, transport, though less in number, was plying on different routes.
The CC, an alliance of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC), the Kashmir Bar Association, traders, fruit growers and other social and religious organisations, has asked the people to protest after the Friday prayers in their respective areas, peacefully.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik led a procession from Gaw Kadal to Badshah Chowk.
Another procession was taken out from the court complex at Court Road to Lal Chowk. The processionists were raising pro-freedom slogans and were demanding a stop to the allged Human Rights violations by the security forces.
A report from Baramulla said life came to a halt in this town and Sopore and other areas in the north Kashmir after 1230 hrs.
After the Friday prayers a procession was taken out from Masjid Baitul-Mukaram. However, the processionists, raising pro-freedom slogans, remained peaceful, it said.
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