ROYALTY ISSUE | Week on, tipper, tractor drivers protest continues in Bandipora

ROYALTY ISSUE | Week on, tipper, tractor drivers protest continues in Bandipora
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Bandipora, June 13: The Tipper and Tractor Drivers Association protest continued for the sixth consecutive day in Bandipora on Sunday.

The administration failed to break the ice with the protesters who deal with sand and gravel.

The protestors said that they would continue to remain in protest till the concerned authorities accept their demand of streamlining the royalty.

The protest began after the Police and other departments sized their vehicles multiple times for “operating illegally” in the district.

The drivers said that the Department of Geology and Mining was to be blamed for the mess as they were not taking royalty from them.

“Our protest will continue till the department streamlines royalty. We are not going to operate our vehicles and land in jail with huge fines on our head,” said a protestor, Aijaz Ahmad.

The drivers have set up tents near Ranger-Khan in district headquarters to protest silently.

On Sunday, the protesters assembled near the bus stand in continuation of their protest.

They said that with the burden of bank loan on their vehicles and being left without proper work for almost two years amid continuous lockdowns, their families were starving.

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