Government detains trade leaders ahead of sit-in against GST

Srinagar

The government on Sunday detained the three trade leaders at their houses to foil the proposed sit-in called by the Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee against the implementation of GST in Jammu and Kashmir.

Reports said that three JKCC leaders, Muhammad Yasin Khan, Shakeel Qalandar and Dr Mubeen Shah under house arrest.

They said that the trio has been detained to foil their proposed sit-in.

The JKCC had called for a sit-in in Lalchowk at 11 am on Tuesday.

Traders of the Kashmir valley under the banner of JKCC have been opposing the implementation of GST in Jammu and Kashmir terming it detrimental for Article 370 and surrendering of financial autonomy.

The Jammu and Kashmir government, last month, during a special assembly session introduced the GST bill in the state. The bill was later passed in the house.

While Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu had said that traders had been taken into confidence for the implementation of the law, however, nearly 100 traders including trade leaders were kept behind bars and under house detention when the bill was passed in the assembly.

Meanwhile, the JKCC Convener called an emergency meeting and said that it was most unfortunate that the business community and civil society, considered responsible and respectable in entire globe, is being subjected to humiliation and vendetta in the “so-called democracy” here.

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