Sales Tax raids: Govt ‘deliberately trying’ to hamper resumption of businesses, say traders

Sales Tax raids: Govt ‘deliberately trying’ to hamper resumption of businesses, say traders

SRINAGAR: Terming the recent raids by Sales Tax officials as “Kakar Khan’s hooliganism”, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President, Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan, on Tuesday said the government is “deliberately trying to affect resumption of business in Kashmir post floods”.
In a release issued here, Khan said the government, at a time when it should have felt embarrassed of its “failure” to provide much-awaited compensation to the traders, has resorted to “cheap tactics” of “keeping the business community harassed and suppressed”.
“The government is well-aware of the problems being faced by traders in resuming business post the devastative floods of September 2014. But instead of having done any good, the government, as a part of some deep rooted conspiracy, is trying to further victimise the traders,” Khan said.
“The conspiracy seems to have been scripted at RSS headquarters in Nagpur. And some ministers and bureaucrats have been assigned the task of using revengeful tactics with the people of Kashmir,” he said.
Khan said the government’s decision to “unduly harass” the traders was “intolerable”. The business fraternity, he said, held an emergency meeting to decide its response.
“It was resolved that the Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed should personally look into the matter immediately or the traders’ fraternity would react. The onus of the response shall solely lie on the government,” the KTMF President said.