Bus catches fire in Batamaloo, transporters see ‘conspiracy’

Srinagar: A bus standing in General Bus Stand (GBS) Batamaloo caught fire on Sunday morning under mysterious circumstances.

The incident comes at the time when transporters are on strike for past two weeks over the relocation orders of the GBS to Parimpora.

Dozens of buses are standing in the Bus stand.
“The bus caught fire around 11 am when we were holding a sit-in protest at the other end of the bus stand,” Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf told the Kashmir Reader.

Yousuf is General Secretary of Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association GBS Batamaloo.

The bus under registration number JK02AE/0548 is owned by Mushtaq Ahmad Lisa.

Pertinently, Lisa is the Chairman of the Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association, which has termed the incident as a “conspiracy” to “pressurize the protesting drivers.”

Government on last Tuesday seized the Batamaloo General Bus Stand following the J&K High Court’s directing the vice-chairman of the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) last month to ensure the land was sealed as the bus stand has been relocated to Parimpora.

“This is being done to curb our protest,” Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf alleged.

However, police officials denied such allegations and said that investigation has been started in the matter.