Trade bodies hold joint protest

Various trade bodies on Thursday held a protest against custodial death of the school principal from Awantipora. Carrying placards and raising slogans, traders held a joint protest at Jamia Masjid at downtown here.

In a statement issued, the traders accused the government for “continuing with the policy of oppression in the Valley”. “…This incident is highly unfortunate. We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies like Amnesty International to come forward and play its role,” said Sajad Gul, spokesman of the trade bodies. 

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society, and others from different walks of life to peacefully protest against the custodial death of the principal and assaults on Kashmiris. 

The trade bodies who participated in the protests included KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj, Jamia Traders, Shehar-e-Khaas Traders Coordination Committee and other trader bodies.