2014 Flood Anniversary: Traders, Separatists detained



The state police has detained separatists and several trade union leaders ahead of their proposed meeting at Lal Chowk to protest against the government’s failure to rehabilitate September 2014 flood victims.

JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik and head of Hurriyat (m) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were put under house arrest late night Sunday and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Raja Mehraj u din and Ayaz Akbar from Hurriyat (g) were also arrested.

Meanwhile trade union leaders, including Yasin Khan and Sowkat Chowdhury were also detained ahead of their proposed Lal chowk meeting.

Trade unions have called for a strike on Monday to protest against what they termed as failure of governments, both at the state and Centre, to rehabilitate the victims, especially traders, a year after the deluge.

Showkat Chaudhary, Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance, an amalgam of various trade bodies, had earlier said that they will observe September 7 as a black day against the central government.

“There would be complete shutdown across Kashmir. When floods hit Kashmir, the international community offered to help. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected it saying, they will help Kashmir. A year has passed, but the promise has not been fulfilled,” he said.


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