Srinagar: Business activities came to a halt today in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) in Srinagar in protest against the death of a shopkeeper, allegedly after being hit in the head by miscreants when he refused to close his shop on December 3.
Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested four persons, involved in the crime.
Shops and business establishments in the Nowhatta, Gojwara, Jamia Masjid market, Pandan, Rajouri Kadal, Khwaja Bazar and other areas in the down town and SeK remained closed against the death of Tariq Ahmad Bhat, who succumbed in the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) last evening.
The strike call was given by the shopkeepers’ associations.
However, transport was plying normally on all routes.
Thousands of people joined the Nimaz-e-Jinazah of Bhat who was laid to rest late last night.
They were demanding stern action against those involved in the killing of Bhat.
A police spokesman said four alleged stone pelters, who beat and critically wounded Bhat at Gojwara Chowk after he refused to close his shop.
He said on December 3, a group of miscreants resorted to stone pelting in the area and forced shopkeepers to shut their establishments.
Spokesman said shopkeeper Bhat objected to their dictates and refused to close his shop.
The miscreant pelted stones on his shop and severely beat him with a cricket bat.
He suffered serious head injuries and was shifted to Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) for treatment, where he succumbed last evening.