Authorities impose curbs to foil traders protest

Srinagar: Authorities on Monday imposed curbs in parts of this capital city and detained several pro-freedom and trade union leaders to foil the protest called by traders against the government failure to rehabilitate the victims of last year’s devastative floods.

CRPF troopers and police enforced restrictions in Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of this capital city in a bid to thwart the traders protest, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. The government forces also sealed off the neighboring Maisuma locality, considered to be the bastion of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yasin Malik. Malik was placed under house arrest on Sunday night.

Similarly, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was kept under house arrest at his Nigeen residence this morning. His close aide Shahid-ul-Islam and National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan, were also placed under house arrest.

Earlier in the day, police detained Showkat Choudhury, President of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), a conglomerate of several trade bodies, to thwart the amalgam’s anti-government demonstration in the capital city here.

“It is unfortunate that the government arrested Showkat Chowdary, Yaseen Khan and other trade association leaders early morning,” KCCI President Sheikh Ashiq said

He condemned the government’s act of arresting trade association leaders on the first anniversary of floods.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley against the alleged government failure to rehabilitate the flood victims. All shops, offices, business establishments, petrol pumps and banks are closed while transport is off the roads.