Baramulla traders bear the brunt of evening restrictions
The business community in this north Kashmir district today complained that the government forces were not allowing them to resume business activities after 6 PM.
The traders said that as a "counter strategy" to thwart Hurriyat announced deal, the government forces were not allowing them to resume their business activity after 6 PM. Pertinently, the periodical strike calendars issued by the Hurriyat permits the traders to resume their business activities on fixed dates after 6 PM. The period is considered to be deal in the strike.
The traders in the town are following Hurriyat calendars in letter and spirit which permits them to resume their business activities on selected dates from 6 PM to 6 AM next day.
However, the traders said when they lead to open their business establishments at 6 PM, "the government forces impose curfew in the town and if any trader violates it he is thrashed and harassed."
"For the past several weeks I could not open my shop after 6 PM due to fear of the government forces. The situation is pathetic for us," Tahir Ahmad, a shopkeeper said.
According to sources, though some shopkeepers had tried to ignore the restrictions by the forces after 6 PM, the police did not allow them to open their shops and instead "acted harshly and even thrashed some traders and vendors."
"A few days back I tried to open my shop after 6 PM, but the government forces asked me that curfew was in place. As I tried to reason with them, they threatened to thrash me forcing me to leave the place without opening my shop," Farooq Ahmad, a shopkeeper said.
"The strategy adopted by district administration has led to severe scarcity of essential commodities in the area. We made representation to the police and the DDC Baramulla in this regard. However, they categorically ruled out to allow the resumption of business activity after 6 PM," Tariq Ahmad Mughloo, General Secretary, Traders' Federation Baramulla said.