SRINAGAR: Normal life of the people has been disturbed in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday after hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani called a strike to protest the detention of separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat.

While government offices and banks saw slight attendance, shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and educational institutions remained closed in the city, officials informed. 

The public transport on the other hand was off the roads while cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were working at some places. Similar reports were received from other parts of Kashmir as well, they further said.  (Also Read: Anti-India Rally in Srinagar: Nothing wrong in people waving Pakistan flags, says Masarat Alam)

Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam Bhat was arrested on April 16 after being booked for allegedly indulging into rebellious activities. Slapped with PSA, Masarat Alam was moved to Kotbhalwal Jail in Jammu region of the state on Thursday. (Also Read: Separatist leader Masarat Alam arrested in Srinagar)

Opposing the decision initiated by the government, Geelani had called for protests after Friday prayers yesterday and a strike on Saturday stating that there was no moral or legal justification in slapping the PSA on the separatist leader.

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