The hard-line faction of the Hurriyat Conference issued extensive protest and general strike programme continuing over the next week. The faction asked people to work until 2 pm on Saturday and then observe the strike.
The state government announced curfew in Srinagar, Sopore, Handwara, Kupwara, Ganderbal and other towns in the Valley on Friday.
Police and para-military blocked main roads with barbed wires and armoured vehicles. The security men informed people about the curfew over loudspeakers mounted on their vehicles, asking them to remain indoors.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was summoned by the Centre on Friday evening for talks on the ongoing unrest Kashmir. During his three-day visit, Omar is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Defence Minister A K Antony.
Sources said the chief minister would brief the leaders on the present crises and the handling of the situation by his government. This is Omar’s first visit to New Delhi since the crises began here some 21 days ago.