Ponywallas block Gulmarg road
Tourists Return Halfway
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, May 25: Police on Friday used force to disperse horsemen (ponywallas) who had blocked Gulmarg road since this morning and were demanding that no tourist vehicle should be allowed to go to Batpathri from Gulmarg bus stand. Hundreds of tourists had to return halfway due to road blockade.
Witnesses said the horsemen had blocked the Gulmarg road near the Bowl Point to press for their demand. “They horsemen did not allow any vehicle to enter Gulmarg,” they added.
“A police team reached the spot and tried to pacify the protesters. However, horsemen did not relent following which policemen used force to disperse them,” said a witness.
Station House Officer Gulmarg, Muhammad Ashraf told Greater Kashmir that they tried to pacify the horsemen, but were not successful.
The Chief Executive Officer Gulmarg Development Authority Mehmmood Ahmad Shah said they were trying to resolve the issue amicably. “We are hopeful that issue will be resolved soon,” he added.
Faiz Bakshi, of Kashmir Hotel Owners Association demanded stern action against the horsemen. “They (horsemen) cannot spoil the season,” he said and added that hundreds of tourists had to return halfway. “These shutdowns and blocking of roads are aimed at spoiling the tourist season,” he added.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 May 2012 00:00:00 IST
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