Police foil traders’ protest march to secretariat against civilian killings
Police on Monday foiled a protest march of traders in Srinagar who were demonstrating against the yesterday's civilian killings in Shopian.
The traders, representing Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), assembled at Abi Guzar and tried to march towards the civil secretariat, which opened in Srinagar today as part of bi-ennial darbar move.
However, police foiled the march at the Residency road.
The rally was organized as part of Joint Resistance Leadership programme asking people to march towards secretariat on its opening day.
The protesters raised pro-justice slogans and held banners which read "Down with state terrorism", "Stop genocide of Kashmiris" and "Stop innocent killings in the name of operation all-out".
Addressing mediapersons, KTMF president Muhammad Yaseen Khan said the traders are ready to suffer any losses but cannot tolerate "excesses on innocent people".
"Government has been misleading the world by portraying that problems in Kashmir are a result of unemployment and lack of opportunities for the youth. This is a false propaganda as they have been proven wrong now. By coming out on roads we want to convey a message to the entire world about sufferings of common Kashmiris," said Khan, who also heads Kashmir Economic Alliance.
Khan and seven other protesting traders were later detained by the police and lodged at Kothibagh police station.