In response to a shutdown call of Kashmir traders against the burning of religious scriptures in Rajouri district of Chenab valley, most shops and other business establishments remained closed in the valley on Saturday.
The shutdown call was given by four prominent business associations of Kashmir – Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir, Kashmir Economic Alliance and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation- against the torching of religious scriptures in Rajouri district of Jammu. The call was supported by Hurriyat Conference (M), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and some other organizations. Traders of Kashmir accused police and some extremist forces of harassing Muslims in Rajouri.
The private school owners association had backed the strike call resulting in closure of all private schools while government schools also witnessed thin attendance.
Religious flags were burnt in Rajouri last week which resulted in massive protests in the town. The Muslims in the district held strong protest demonstrations against the incident. Curfew was clamped in Rajouri district following the tension, however the situation largely returned to normal after four days when all the arrested persons were released and an inquiry was ordered in the incident.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, President KCCI, SheikhAshiq said the response shown by people to the shutdown shows that people in Kashmir have out rightly rejected nefarious designs of element hell bent to disrupt peace and communal harmony in the state.
"We thank people for standing with truth and upholding the tradition of brotherhood," he said adding that state government should remain pro-active to curb the evil designs of some parties who are eager to divide JK on regional and religious lines.
Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation led by Muhammad SadiqBaqal also expressed his gratitude towards the people of Kashmir for making the strike a success and standing for mutual cooperation and brotherhood.