Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Chairman Haji Mohammad Yasin Khan today accused the government of victimising traders in the grab of Lakhanpur entry post.
In a statement, Khan who is also the President of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) said the DC Sales Tax has been deliberately seizing good laden trucks headed for Kashmir to “further crumble the economy of Kashmir which is already struggling, “The trucks are being kept unduly seized and checked for weeks, these Babus are calling the shots, and this is a bid to frustrate traders so that they give up trade,” Khan said.
He said the state government was directly responsible for this mess. “Time and again we have been telling the government to end two entry system for Kashmir. After Lakhanpur, State traders are subjected to entry redtapism at Lakhanpur. why two troubles for Kashmir?” Khan asked.
Khan has also lodged a strong protest against raids on business premises and alleged misuse of discretionary powers by tax officials. In a desperate move, he announced that we would exercise all options, including the closure of businesses and protests and the blame will be on Govt.
Khan appealed Governor administration to take remedial measures without any further delay. “What is most urgently needed is that goods trucks headed for Kashmir should not be seized or checked at Lakhanpur come what may and DC Sales Tax Lakhanpur should open a window in Kashmir so that even if there’s some problem with regard to documental formalities the same can be solved in Kashmir without harassing traders unnecessarily,” Khan said.