Shops, business establishments and schools remained closed due to the strike called jointly by JKLF, Hurriyat Conference factions led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani; and supported by almost all separatist groups in the Valley.

Public transport was off the roads in most parts of the Valley but private vehicles were seen plying in some parts of the summer capital of the state, officials said.
    
The attendance in government offices was less due to the non-availability of transport services, they added. The work in courts was also affected as Kashmir High Court Bar Association has also joined the strike call.
    
Militants have shot dead six people, including separatist activists and former militants in Sopore town over the past three weeks, leading to fear among the residents of the North Kashmir town.
    
Police have announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh each for information leading to arrest of two militants believed to be behind the killings. The militants have been identified as Abdul Qayoom Najar and Imtiyaz Ahmad Kandoo, who are believed to have defied the command of Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin and operating under the shadow name of Lashkar-e-Islam outfit.

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