September 25: JRL supports trade strike call, restrictions being imposed

SRINAGAR: Authorities are planning imposing restrictions on the movement of people in certain areas of the city on Monday. Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation has sponsored a day long strike against its leader being summoned to Delhi by NIA.

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A senior civil administration officer confirmed to Kashmir Life that areas falling in five police stations in Srinagar shall remain under “restrictions”. These include the police stations of Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar Mr Gunj and Safa Kadal.

Mohammad Yasin Khan, the president of KTMA is appearing before NIA on Monday in response to the summons issued on the weekend. NIA is investigating the terror funding and has arrested various people. It has been summoning individuals for questioning. Khan has been asked to present before NIA headquarter “as a witness” in funding case.

In a statement issued to the press, the JRL extended the support to the September 25 call and insisted “the Government of India was using National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a war weapon against Kashmiris.”The triumvirate comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have also condemned the charge sheet filed by Enforcement Directorate against senior Hurriyat leader Shabir Ahmad Shah.

Earlier in the day, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry also expressed concern over the harassment of business community by the security agencies. The Kashmir Chamber was of the considered view that persons of interest to the investigating agencies were being subjected to harassment by questionable methods of investigation,” the Chamber statement said. “The investigation agencies had turned the principle of Presumption of Innocence until proved Guilty on its head by treating all persons of interest in this manner.”

While the strike will keep the businesses closed and the transport off the roads, there is a strong possibility of the schools suffering for the day. Presentation Convent has conveyed to parents that the class work for all classes shall remain suspended for the day.

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