Old city shuts against 'atrocities'

Old city shuts against 'atrocities'

Traders stage protest, demand ban on Pepper gas

Normal life was affected in old city on Saturday due to a shutdown called by traders to protest the alleged ransacking of shops around Jamia Masjid area by forces on Friday.

Shops remained closed in the old city parts but public transport plied normally. Some areas in uptown and civil lines also observed shutdown.

The shutdown called by old city Traders Coordination Committee was also supported by Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation.

Traders took a procession from Jamia market to Nowhatta area to give vent to their ire against what they termed as “indiscriminate use of pepper gas” and asked the government to do away with the use of such “destructive weapons.”

Traders alleged that JK police and paramilitary CRPF men vandalized shops and damaged goods in the areas after the culmination of Friday prayers in lieu of dispersing the youth who were pelting stones.

He said the JK Police and CRPF troops unleashed a reign of terror in Nowhatta and other areas and used baton charging of traders.

On Saturday the strike was observed in the areas like Nowhatta, Gojwara, Rajouri Kadal, Khanyar, Khawaja Bazar, Kathi Darwaza and other old city parts as well.

Meanwhile, Traders federation during their protest march condemned the use of pepper gas during the Friday protest.

“The indiscriminate use of pepper gas has affected the health of children and women folk of the area,” said Javaid Ahmad Zargar, President Traders Federation Jamia Masjid.

The protestors carried placards during their protests and demanded action against police for using pepper gas in the area.