Shahr-e-Khaas Traders call for ‘Srinagar Bandh’ on Saturday



The business fraternity of Old City here has called for Srinagar Bandh on Saturday, December 5 against what the traders said “atrocities by forces today after the congregational Friday prayers in historic Jamia Masjid locality.”

The Jamia Market Traders Federation President Javaid Ahmed Zargar said police and paramilitary CRPF today “crossed all limits of using brute force” in the historic Jamia Masjid and neighbouring localities after the congregational Friday prayers. “From Nowhatta to Saraf Kadal they unleashed reign terror everywhere, including lanes and by-lanes where one and all were beaten to pulp,” Zargar said.

“While shops and houses were ransacked, traders and inhabitants were roughed up by police and other forces,” Zargar said adding many people received grievous injuries.

He said, “entire area is reeling under dense blanket pepper gas and many people including children and elderly are vomiting blood because of the gassy conditions, which continued till late evening.”

“Today’s use of brute force is a clear cut indication that as a part of the deep rooted conspiracy, government wants to destroy the business activities in Shahr-e-Khas,” Zargar said.

He said reacting to the use of brute force by the forces, the Jamia Market Traders Federation called an emergency meeting of the Shahr-e-Khaas Coordination committee which unanimously decided that entire Srinagar’s business community should observe shutdown on Saturday.

“We have always supported the traders of other areas including the civil lines and we hope that they will stand by us for unity,” Zargar said.

He appealed the traders to assemble at Nowhatta Chowk here on Saturday for a peaceful dharna against the atrocities.


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