Cross LoC traders allege police harassment
Threaten to boycott trade
Srinagar, Mar 27: The Valley-based cross-LoC traders Tuesday accused Special Operation Group of Police of harassing them for past few months.
A group of traders told Greater Kashmir that they were frequently being summoned to Cargo on one pretext or other.
“More than 40 traders were questioned during past few weeks. If they want any information in regard to trade they should set up a cell at Salamabad rather than summoning us to Srinagar,” they said.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, president of cross LoC traders’ union, Asif Lone said it was unfortunate that while on one hand government is making claims of boosting this trade, on the other were are being harassed.”
“We will cooperate with any kind of probe or investigation but we should not be treated like hardcore criminals and militants,” he said.
Lone said he had raised maltreatment of traders with interlocutors appointed by Centre and Chief Secretary of state.
“We have submitted a memorandum to chief secretary demanding an end to this humiliation and if this continues, we will boycott the trade,” he said.
He said they had apprised Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla and Deputy Inspector General of Police north Kashmir about this problem also.
When contacted, Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari said if they have any problem they should approach him.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 IST
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