Vendors Face Batons on Srinagar Roads



KL Images courtesy: Mehraj Bhat
KL Images courtesy: Mehraj Bhat

Scores of vendors Tuesday took out a protest rally in summer capital against the PDP-BJP government.

The vendors are demanding alternative venue to carry on their business.

The J&K Government cleared Srinagar roads of all the vendors who would install their carts on road sides. To make city traffic mess free, the vendors – 2950 are registered with Srinagar Municipal Corporation – were banned from installing their carts anywhere in city.

Vendor protest on May 24, 2016 by Mehraj Bhat (1)

This came as a major relief in vehicular movement from TRC to Qamarwari in Srinagar.

As promised, the government relocated 500 vendors in SRTC yard near Biscoe school, however, it is yet find two alternative sites for the rest of the vendors.

Today, scores of vendors took out a protest march against the delay in relocation of their businesses. When the protest rally reached Jahangir Chowk, the policemen batoned charged and used water cannons to disperse the protestors.

“It is dictatorship,” a vendor alleged, “we are here holding protests for last several days but government is not moved.”

The vendors are on protest for last many days seeking redressal of their problems. They have installed tents and are on strike at Jahangir Chowk.

Police used tear gas shelling when the protestors reached near PDD office housed in ERA building near Kashmir Haat. “Our families are starving,” the vendors said, “if government fails to relocate us soon, we will come out on roads along with our families.”


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