SRINAGAR: Stating that they would follow the pro-freedom leadership’s protest programmes “in letter and spirit”, the Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Association (KVFG) on Saturday said that it was ready to bear “business losses to any extent to take the ongoing movement to its logical conclusion”.
In a statement issued here, general secretary of the association said that a meeting of the association’s office bearers was held under the chairmanship of Bashir Ahmad Basheer.
The meeting, he said, decided that they would “act upon the leadership’s programmes in letter and spirit from time to time”.
“The association shares the sentiments of the general public and was ready to bear all possible losses,” he said.
The association also condemned the killing of civilians and the use of pellet guns on protesters. It also passed a resolution, demanding immediate ban on the use of pellets and “severe punishment” to government forces involved in the civilian killings.
“The government of India may put all efforts for immediate settlement of Kashmir dispute according to wishes of the common people,” it demanded, appealing the world bodies to take immediate notice of the prevailing situation in the Valley.
“Pressurise the government of India to stop the innocent killings and usage of pellets on peaceful protests with directions for immediate settlement of Kashmir despite on consultation with Hurriyat.”
The growers’ association also demanded an end to the arrest of civilians and “unconditional release” of the detained youth and pro-freedom leaders.