Baramulla: Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route was suspended again on Wednesday, barely a few hours after it resumed after nearly five weeks, officials said.
Twenty-two trucks which had left for Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) returned in the evening without unloading the goods at Chakoti Trade Centre, they said.
“Our trucks came back without unloading their goods on the side of the LoC, but I don’t know why. We are investigating,” Bashir Ahmad, the Station House Officer of Uri police station told Kashmir Reader.
However, chairman of the Uri-Chakoti Trade Union, Mohammad Asif Lone, said all the 22 truckers returned home without unloading the goods following strict checking measures after they crossed the LoC.
Lone said the truckers objected to the checking which would have caused damage to the goods and returned home in protest.
Earlier in the morning, the trade between two divided parts of Kashmir resumed following agreement between the two sides on Monday to this effect. Twenty-two trucks carrying goods from this side of Kashmir had left Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre for PaK.
Also, four trucks from PaK arrived here and returned after unloading the consignment at the Salamabad TFC.
PaK authorities suspended the cross-LoC trade on January 17 after 114 packets of brown sugar, worth Rs 100 crore, were allegedly recovered from a truck coming from Muzaffarabad and the driver was arrested.
The travel on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was also suspended.
The PaK side was demanding release of the arrested driver Mohammad Shafiq Awan who is currently detained in Srinagar’s Central Jail.
Although the officials from the two sides agreed to resume travel services after two weeks, the trade remained suspended. To demand the driver’s release, the PaK side detained 27 Kashmiri drivers for over 26 days. However, on February 12, officials from both the sides agreed to allow the stranded drivers to return to their respective destinations ending the standoff.