Anantnag: A day after street clashes, complete shutdown, and protests outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office, traders in Anantnag on Saturday threatened to intensify protests if the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sadder was not transferred immediately.
The traders’ federation of Anantnag has accused the SHO, Arshad Khan, of using brute force against shopkeepers during Friday’s clashes. According to the protesting traders, Arshad Khan not only thrashed many shopkeepers but also arrested some of them during the clashes, which broke out after the Friday congregational prayers.
Tear smoke shells and aerial shots were fired today as well by the police in Reshi Bazar area of the main town to quell protests against the SHO. Nobody was reported injured in the police action.
“We have conveyed our demands to the district administration. The ball is in their court now,” spokesperson of the traders’ federation, Sajad Hakeem, told reporters.
SSP Anantnag, Altaf Khan, denied the accusations levelled by the traders. “Peace is imperative and needs to be maintained at any cost. We cannot allow anybody to disrupt law and order. The allegations levelled by the traders are baseless and none of my officers is involved in any highhandedness,” Khan said.