Oil Tanker and Truckers associations have again stopped supplies to Kashmir and Ladakh in wake of "fresh attacks on the vehicles." "The associations had apprised Divisional Commissioner Jammu about the recent incidents but administration failed to give any assurance on safety of the our workers, which led to decision of stopping all fuel supply to valley and Ladakh," sources said.
"Our drivers and cleaners are in trauma, they don't want to risk their lives, no one is willing to go beyond Banihal," said Sakshi Lekha, General Secretary, J&K Oil Tanker Owners Association.
"We had apprised Divisional Commissioner Jammu about the problem of our workers and also held Video Conference with Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police Kashmir but administration failed to ensure safety of our staff," he said, adding, "Callous attitude of administration towards drivers and cleaners community forced us to stop the services from today."
He said that supply to security forces had also been suspended and all tankers will remain off roads 'till the state government provides them with adequate security amidst the widespread unrest in the Valley'.
Kharudin Wani, President of All Jammu and Kashmir Truck Drivers and Cleaners Union, said that the decision to stop the supply was taken in view of fresh attacks.
"We cannot ply our vehicles in the prevailing situation as it has become life threatening for drivers and cleaners."
Wani further added, "The administration of Jammu and Kashmir regions tried to persuade us to call off strike but we will not become fools again."
There are around 1,800 tankers in Jammu and Kashmir to supply petroleum products to all three regions of the state.
On a daily basis, nearly 300 tankers of Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum supply petroleum products to the Kashmir valley and Ladakh regions.
Earlier, oil tankers had suspended supply to Kashmir valley and Ladakh regions on July 13, after complaints of attacks on the truck and tanker drivers. They had also halted supply to Jammu for 3 days from August 20.