Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps in the town, 52 kms from here, were closed while public transport was off the roads, official sources said here.
    
Geelani had called a shutdown in the district and appealed people to hold prayer meetings in mosques for peace to the souls of the victims – Asiya and Nelofar – whose death had sparked valley wide protests after allegations of rape and murder of the two women by security forces surfaced in 2009.

Geelani, in a statement, said the incident was a "serious attack against the collective conscience" of people of Jammu and Kashmir.
    
Asiya (17) and her sister-in-law Neelofar (22) were allegedly raped and killed in Shopian during the intervening night of May 29-30 in 2009.

(Agencies)

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