Anantnag shuts for second day against ‘police excesses’
ANANTNAG: United traders federation (UTF) Anantnag on Sunday decided to resume the normal business by Monday after the district administration and police higher ups of the district assured addressing their outstanding issues.
All the shops, business establishments and private offices remained closed in the town for the second running day Monday against the teargas shelling by police that had allegedly triggered massive fire in Reshibazar area destroying commercial property worth crores on Friday. The call for the shutdown was given by United traders federation (UTF).
Top officials of the district administration and police on Sunday invited the representatives of traders and held a two hour long meeting with them.
“During the meeting the district administration agreed to constitute an inquiry team which will ascertain what actually triggered the fire in Reshibazar area. Besides the official also agreed to compensate the affected traders after assessing the damage,” general secretary of the trade body, Riyaz Ahmad Bhat told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the assessment committee will comprise of trade representatives and officials of district administration.
“Other demands including taking the traders on board in the matters of public interest were also agreed to by the administration,” Bhat said.
After the assurance by the district administration, he said, UTF has decided to resume the normal business in the town by Monday.
“There will be no shutdown in the town from Monday” Bhat said.
Pertinently the traders on Saturday had alleged that the heritage market in Reshibazar was set ablaze under a well planned conspiracy. The trade body had threatened to take harsher steps if the authorities failed to meet their demands by Sunday evening.