Kupwara: Shops and business establishments in the district were shut, while public transport was impacted on Saturday on a shutdown call given by local traders federation against the “mischievous activities” of some non-locals working in the town.
Alleging that several non-locals were found indulging in immoral activities while police and district administration failed to take action against them, the traders demanded ouster of non-locals from the town.
President traders federation Kupwara Hafizullah Bakshi told Kashmir Reader that that a non-local trader from Utter Pradash (UP) who had several shops in the town, was arrested few days back with a local girl in objectionable position but was released after two days.
He alleged that the trader along with several others was involved in many cases and running a sex racket in the area.
He said the administration was not taking action against them despite several complaints.
Bakshi added that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti who recently visited the town had directed officers to solve the day-to-day problems of local traders and people like electricity, garbage disposal and drinking water “but the officers are not talking serious action to solve the problems”
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Khalid Jahangir and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kupwara Shamshar Hussain along with other district officers held a meeting with traders federation at the latter’s office and assured them they will take strict action against the people involved in any criminal case. They also assured steps for the overall development of town.