Srinagar: After the Handwara killings incident, government forces in Kadlibal, Pampore, have resorted to harassment of shopkeepers. Shopkeepers express their anger against the use of excessive power and demanded immediate arrest of cops who are making their life difficult.
After the Handwara incident, police are behaving like goons, vandalising property and are thrashing shopkeepers, shopkeepers of Kadlibal, Pampore chowk alleged. “Every evening policemen come and vandalise property, beat and threaten shopkeepers. We don’t understand why it is being practiced,” said Bilal Ahmad, a shopkeeper.
Cops eat at restaurants without paying, and threaten shopkeepers of dire consequences if shops are not closed by 7pm, which is hampering their business, said Irfan Ahmad: “I run a gym center in the market, people come to workout after 7 pm, so if I close at the same time, I will lose my business. There is no other source of income other than this,” he said.
Two days ago, police barged into the gym and beat people who were working out, he added.
Muzaffar Ahmad, a fisherman, said police take fish from him without paying. There are more than 150 shops in the market, these acts cannot be tolerated, he said, adding that if the police high-handedness continues, they would come out on roads.