Peaceful protests continued on consecutive third day at Athwajan and Panthachowk against government's move to halt stone extraction in these areas.
Authorities had deployed large contingent of forces at the sites of stone extraction to prevent the quarry owners and labourers to carry any sort of activity. However, the tipper drivers, stone quarry owners, laborers held a peaceful protest at roadside and demanded immediate revocation of government order.
They held placards, which read: "Don't render thousands jobless, 'be democratic and not dictator, we are highly qualified, self employed youth don't hang us."
Protestors said that it is responsibility of government to create job opportunities for the local youth, but it is doing in contrary here.
Muhammad Maqbool, President Himalaya Quarry and Tipper Association told CNS that due to government decision the crusher owners and macadam plant owners have also suffered as no raw material reaches to them. "We appeal to the government not to deprive us from our livelihood. There are thousands of people who have directly affected due to the decision taken by the government," he said and added that government has left them with no option now except to hit to roads along with their families.
"We have taken up the matter with some politicians who assured that they would take up the matter with the chief minister," he said and appealed the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to revoke the decision. CNS