Markets open in Kralopra, Sumo drivers hold protest

Markets open in Kralopra, Sumo drivers hold protest

Kupwara: After two days of strike and protests, daily routine was back to normal in Kralpora and adjoining areas on Monday. Shops and other business centres reopened and public transport was back on the roads. Taxi drivers, however, held a public protest under the banner of Tata Sumo Drivers’ Association in the morning in Kralpora market, from where they went to the home of their slain fellow, Asif Iqbal Bhat, who was killed outside his home in firing by army soldiers late Saturday night.
At the home of the slain driver, they said that Asif “sacrificed” his life in going out even at night to take a patient in nearby Batpora village to hospital.
The drivers who participated in the protest shouted slogans against the army.
A large number of other people also reached the home of the slain driver to offer their condolences to the bereaved family.
Internet services, blocked by the authorities soon after the killing of the driver, were restored on Monday in Kupwara district.
A large number of government troops remained deployed in Kralpora and nearby areas to watch over the people. There was no report, however, of any clashes in the district.

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