SRINAGAR (AFP) - A one-day general strike called in Indian-occupied Kashmir by pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders to protest the death of a shopkeeper in police custody Wednesday closed down shops, schools and offices. The strike is to protest this gross human rights violation, said hardline Kashmiri leader and chief organiser Syed Ali Geelani in a statement. The strike was widely followed in the main city of Srinagar and other towns, including Sopore where the weekend incident happened, police sources and residents said. Nazim Rashid, a shopkeeper, was detained by counter-insurgency police on Saturday in the northern town of Sopore. He was declared dead early Sunday, with no reason provided as to the cause. Police said Monday they had registered a murder case and suspended three officers following the death of the 28-year-old man. But Geelani insisted there be an impartial enquiry by a UN body or international human rights groups. Rashids family has also called for an independent probe, even as the Sopore police chief was transferred late Tuesday to ensure a free and fair probe. Last year more than 110 people were killed when police and security forces opened fire during a series of demonstrations triggered by the death of a 17-year-old youth who was hit by a police teargas shell. Last week there were protests against the alleged rape of a woman by soldiers.