Protests in Srinagar ahead of ‘Revival Day’

Srinagar: In what could be the first in a series of such protests, traders and shopkeepers of Bemina demonstrated on Friday.

The normally bustling market remained shut, while traders marched up to bypass, shouting anti-government slogans like “PDP BJP hai hai”, “Mufti hai hai, mufti teri sarkaar mei andher andher hai”, witnesses said. The protesters were demanding promised flood relief, lower power tariff contracts among other things.

Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) has termed the ‘Revival Day’, which is being observed by the state government on September 7 to commemorate the first anniversary of last year’s floods, as “Jashn-e-Barbadi”, the “carnival of destruction”.

Chairman KTMF Mohammad Yasin Khan, who called for a shutdown on September 7, had said the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state was actually (Prime Minister Narendra) “Modi-led government”.

The KTMF, which comprises dozens of traders’ organisations, also appealed parents, students and people to boycott the government Revival Day while claiming Employees Joint Action Committee led by Qayoom Wani has endorsed the KTMF’s strike call.