Srinagar: Kashmir business community, pro-freedom groups and lawyers called for a shutdown on Monday against the murderous assault on three Kashmiri truckers on Friday in Udhmapur district.
Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation led by Sadiq Baqal organised a protest against the assault at Lal Chowk and called for Kashmir bandh to “send out a strong message” to rightwing Hindu organizations whose members are believed to have carried out the attack.
Both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF supported the strike call.
In a statement, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani said the attack, carried out by “RSS goons”, was an “eye-opener for pro-India people”.
“It is a wake-up call for all peace loving people of Jammu and Kashmir to stand up against the communal mentality of the government–backed terrorists. The attack is an attempt to damage Kashmir’s economy like they did during the economic blockade in 2008,” Geelani said.
Chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik said Udhampur attack has again proved that “the PDP-led rulers are actually enemies of Muslims and Kashmiris”.
“The communal forces led by PDP and BJP are hell bent on attacking and making lives of Kashmiris difficult and Kashmiris cannot tolerate all this state sponsored terrorism silently,” Malik said.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has also supported the strike.
Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), an amalgam of trade bodies also called for a shut-down to protest against “government’s inefficiency to protect Kashmiris”.
The amalgam demanded security for Kashmiri’s travelling from Jammu to Srinagar, especially truck drivers and their properties.
“Such attacks point to a criminal conspiracy hatched by the vested interested against Kashmiris. It is aimed at destabilising the state,” said KEA chairman Showkat Chowdhary, while appealing Jammu traders to boycott those elements behind the attacks.
“Such attacks will only bring losses to Jammu traders and Kashmiris will stop ties with them. There is no point in doing trade with Jammu people if we are not safe in Jammu.”
While supporting the strike call, high court Bar association said the Udhampur attack was aimed at hitting Valley’s economy and dividing state on religious lines.
Mufti should break alliance with BJP: ATAA
All Traders Association Anantnag (ATAA), an amalgam of trade bodies in south Kashmir, described the murderous assault on Kashmiri truckers as “terrorism” and asking the PDP to break up its alliance with BJP.
“During elections (chief minister) Mufti claimed that he is the only sympathizer of Kashmiris. But since the time he joined hands with BJP, communal forces are on rampage, terrorising Muslims. If Mufti has any sympathy for Kashmiris, he must break alliance with BJP,” said ATAA general secretary Riyaz Ahmad Bhat.