Srinagar: Normal life across Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley was hit on Monday by a protest shutdown called by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani to protest the state government`s decision to issue Dogra certificates to those living in the Jammu region.
While those who support the Dogra certificates for residents of the Jammu region argue that it is needed to get reservations in recruitment to the paramilitary forces, Geelani maintains "it is a bigger conspiracy to divide the state on religious and ethnic lines".
The Dogras, who are Hindus, once ruled Jammu and Kashmir.
Shops, markets, other business establishments remained shut in Srinagar city even though some public transport plied in the city peripheries on Monday. The city`s prominent public schools also remained shut in view of the protest.
Work in government offices, banks and post offices was only marginally affected.
Reports from other major towns of the Valley also indicated that the protest strike affected life adversely.
Sources here said state government has decided to write to the union home ministry for modification of the latter`s order issued Jan 11 which provides for reservation in recruitment rules for ethnic communities like Dogras, Marathas and those living in hilly regions like Ladakh.