SRINAGAR: Taxicab drivers and lawyers in north Kashmir have hiked the rate of their services since the start of the ongoing uprising in the Valley, the people complained.
The people said that they were forced to pay additional sums by the taxicab drivers.
Noor din Sheikh, a resident of Baramulla town, said he has a patient undergoing treatment in SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar, and he has to pay more than double the fare to taxicab for every trip to the hospital. “I have to go to Srinagar every day. But since this agitation started, I have been paying Rs 200, instead of the routine Rs 90, for every trip to Srinagar,” he said.
The people also said that advocates, mostly from Tangmarg area of north Kashmir, were charging exorbitantly for bail of the arrested children.
A parent from Kunzar, who wished not to be named, said: “Police registered an FIR against my child a few days ago following clashed between the people and the forces. When I visited a local court at Tangmarg for his bail, an advocate there asked me for Rs 15, 000 for the task. I was compelled to pay it.”
Mohammad Shafi, a local, added: “Police registered a large number of cases against the youth, but the advocates here are demanding high prices for their bail.”
President Bar Association, Baramulla, could not be contacted.