Kashmir based trade bodies and members of civil society on Friday held a joint protest at city centre Lal Chowk against mob attacks on Kashmiris in various states.
The organisations which had called shutdown and protests included both factions of Kashmir economic alliance, all factions of Kashmir traders and manufacturers federation, Kashmir chamber of commerce and industry, Bapar Mandal
In reaction to the shutdown call, shops and business establishments from Lal Chowk to Polo View and adjacent markets observed a shutdown after 3:30 pm onwards. Shutdown was also observed in Downtown areas of the city.
“We will wait for two days and will be meeting again on Monday to decide
“Today a union minister has come out with a statement that Kashmiris are safe in India. But is this not too little too late. Why have they woken up now after a week of attacks,” Khan said. “We are against any sort of bloodshed and never resorted of bullying non-locals in the Valley,” Khan said.
Nasir Hameed Khan, senior vice-president, KCCI said thinkers, intellectuals and the civil society must promote communal harmony and oppose goon attacks. “Business community urges the law enforcement agencies to take effective criminal action against those creating disharmony amongst various sections of the society and not be discriminatory and biased in
“The establishment needs to send out a clear message condemning these incidents and ensure the protection of the lives and properties of our people,” he added.
Drivers of vehicles including trucks damaged in mob attacks at Jammu which arrived in Srinagar also joined the protests while demanding due compensation from the government.