‘Govt deliberately targeting old city traders’

‘Govt deliberately targeting old city traders’

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday accused the state administration of ignoring the amalgam’s repeated calls for not deploying the government forces around the Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta here.
A spokesman of Hurriyat (M), in a statement issued here, said the old city had been left at the mercy of forces that are “committing atrocities on unarmed civilians by tear gas shelling and use of pepper gas”.
“Authorities, under a well-formulated plan, are destroying the business of traders and are harassing the people coming to offer prayers at the historic mosque,” the spokesman said.
“Authorities are creating unrest in the entire area by trying to destroy the business activities of the Shehar-e-Khas. They create miseries for poor artisans living and damaging the importance and centrality of the historic Jamia Mosque,” he said.
The spokesman said it was “unfortunate” that entire area was “deliberately converted into a garrison” even during Friday prayers.
It, he said, has been creating problems for the people trying to reach Jamia Masjid.
“Tear gas shelling and use of pepper gas is creating severe problems for people.”
Meanwhile, the spokesman also condemned the “atrocities committed by forces on unarmed civilians” in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district and continuous detention of senior Hurriyat (M) leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza.

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