Srinagar, May 21 (ANI): Life came to a standstill in Kashmir on Thursday following a shutdown to mark the death anniversaries of two separatist leaders.
Unidentified gunmen assassinated Mirwaiz Moulana Mohammad Farooq, former chief priest of the region in 1990 at his residence in Srinagar. Whereas, moderate separatist All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference leader Abdul Ghani Lone was killed on this day in 2002.
Most markets, schools and colleges were shut following a call by Hurriyat, which bands nearly two dozen social, political and religious groups.
People gathered at prayer houses to offer homage to the dead leaders.
"Today, people observed their death anniversary and so this strike has been called. People gathered at the Idgah and offered homage to them," said Shabir Ahmed, a resident.
Security forces and separatists blamed each other for Lone's assassination. (ANI)