Jammu: The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (JCCI) has decided to keep away from the general strike today called by the Jammu Bar Association (JBA) over various issues, including deportation of Rohingyas from Jammu and handing over of the Kathua rape-and-murder case to the CBI.
“There is no justification for the strike called by the Jammu High Court Bar Association for tomorrow as both the issues are sub-judice. Hence, the JCCI does not support this call for the bandh,” JCCI president Rakesh Gupta said here on Tuesday.
The Jammu Bar had called for a general strike in Jammu region on April 11, claiming support from civil society, political parties and other bodies, including the JCCI.
“The issues raised by the association lack justification to call for a strike. We should have faith in our judiciary,” Gupta said.
The JCCI president said the Rohingya issue was being heard by the Supreme Court while the crime branch investigation into the Rassana rape-and-murder case was being monitored by the high court.
Gupta said chamber is apolitical and was the first organisation which raised the issue of deportation of Rohingyas last year.
Stating that the strike call was based on the unilateral decision of the Bar, he advised the lawyers’ body to reconsider its decision and call off the strike.
He requested the Bar to not interfere in the business activities during its bandh today and said “the organisation will not tolerate such a thing”.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairman Muhammad Yasin Khan has welcomed the decision of Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) for distancing itself from communal forces, who have called “pro-rapist” bandh in the region.
In a statement, Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), said the call for humanity from Kashmir Inc has been warmly reciprocated by the JCCI president Rakesh Gupta and other like-minded in Jammu, who publicly refused to support the call of fringe elements to observe Jammu bandh in solidarity with those who raped and murdered an eight-year-old girl.
“By observing that the Kathua incident concerns humanity and can’t be seen through communal prism, the JCCI has upheld the cause of humanity and we welcome it with open heart. It’s truly a heart-warming gesture,” Khan said, adding that the development will help improve ties between the twin regions and contribute towards peace and prospect in the region.