Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in eight police station areas in Indian occupied Kashmir and several separatist leaders put under house arrest, in view of a strike called today to protest the death of a truck conductor who was injured in the Udhampur petrol bomb attack after rumors that he had slaughtered a cow.

Movement of people was restricted in Anantnag and Bijbehara police station areas in South Kashmir, a police official said, ahead of the funeral of conductor Zahid, who succumbed to his injuries at a Delhi hospital on Sunday after battling for life for nine days.

Similar strict restrictions have been imposed in six police station areas of Srinagar, where protests had broken out yesterday over the death. The affected areas are M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Maisuma, Rainawari and Khanyar.

Hardliner Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKDFP leader Shabir Ahmad Shah were among several separatists placed under house arrest, the official said.

As soon as the news about Zahid's demise reached his Batengoo village, a spontaneous shutdown was observed on Sunday and clashes between protesters and police had broken out there and in adjoining areas of Kulgam as also in several areas of Srinagar. A resident of Anantnag in South Kashmir, Zahid was the conductor of the truck that was en route to Kashmir when a mob attacked it with petrol bombs on October 9. The driver of the truck Shoukat Ahmed is also admitted in hospital.

An aircraft of the state government flew Zahid's body last evening from Delhi and it was taken to his native village for last rites.