SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) on Friday observed a ‘black day’ in solidarity with the victims of floods that hit Kashmir on September 7 in the year 2014.
KEA, an amalgam of different trade bodies of the Kashmir Valley, led by KEA Co-chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar held a protest demonstration here in the summer capital against the state and Central governments for the deprivation suffered by the flood survivors and for not rehabilitating them since 2014.
The protesting members assembled here in Press Enclave, chanting anti-government slogans and holding black banners marking September 7 as a Black Day.
Dar said that the KEA is marking this a “black day” as the government is taking a step-motherly approach towards flood victims by not rehabilitating them since the year 2014. He said that the authorities are non-serious regarding them.
“Kashmir freedom struggle is the main cause behind the non-rehabilitation of flood victims of Kashmir, else GoI would have reformed them likewise the flood victims of other states of India including Maharashtra were rehabilitated. Central government is biased towards the victims of the floods that are destroying the economy of Kashmir,” he said.
KEA member Mohammad Yousaf Chapri said that such disasters are natural and are emerging in every part of the world, but people are not “deprived” like the Kashmir flood victims have been over the last five years. He said that whether from the Centre or the state, every bureaucrat “back stabbed” the flood victims.
“Every sector was affected by the 2014 floods, and since then the government has done no good to rehabilitate them or bring them relief. We are powerless as to whom to [approach to] get our demands fulfilled. We will fight tooth and nail to get our demands fulfilled,” Chapri said.
KEA on the occasion paid glorious tribute to photojournalist Shafat Farooq, who died during the floods while doing his professional duties.
Later, the police came into action and detained Farooq Ahmad Dar, KEA Vice-chairman Ajaz Shahndar and other protesting members of KEA while they tried to march from Press Enclave towards Lal Chowk, foiling the protest. All of the detained KEA members were released later.