A protest shutdown called by separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik and others affected normal life Friday across the valley as markets, public transport and other businesses remained closed in summer capital Srinagar and other major towns.
Skeletal traffic, however, plied on city roads as contingents of police and paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) were deployed in strength to maintain law and order.
The shutdown has been called against the blasphemous cartoons depicting the Prophet of Islam published by the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
The publication of these cartoons has caused widespread outrage.
The separatists have also called for protests after the Friday prayers.