"Curfew has been imposed in Sopore town to prevent any law and order problem," a police spokesman said.

He said there are no restrictions in any other part of Kashmir.

The police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel blocked road crossings, using coils of concertina wires, in the town to enforce the curfew.

Condemning the killing, both factions of Hurriyat Conference have called for a shutdown in the Kashmir Valley.    

Shops, business establishments, educational institutions and petrol pumps were shut, while government offices and banks witnessed thin attendance, the officials said.
    
The public transport was off the roads, while private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying, they said.
    
Meanwhile, the top leadership of both factions of the Hurriyat has been placed under house arrest after the killing.
    
Irshad Ahmad Shah was killed when security forces opened fire to disperse a group of youth who resorted to pelting stones at the men in uniform. The incident took place when the security forces were leaving Tarzoo area of Sopore after concluding an anti-militancy operation in which a top Pakistani ‘commander’ of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militant outfit was killed.

Four people also sustained gunshot injuries in this incident.

The markets, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar city, though marginal public transport operated in the Civil Lines area.

The government offices, banks and post offices, however, functioned normally in all other major towns of the Kashmir Valley.

No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in Kashmir so far although the security forces are on high alert.

JPN/Agencies

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