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Bandh in Valley to protest against attacks on Kashmiris outside the state

Shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Jammu: An elderly man walks along a street during a curfew imposed after clashes between two communities over the protest against the Pulwama terror attack, in Jammu, Saturday. PTI Photo
Jammu: An elderly man walks along a street during a curfew imposed after clashes between two communities over the protest against the Pulwama terror attack, in Jammu, Saturday. PTI Photo

Normal life was affected in on Sunday due to a valley-wide called by trade bodies here against the alleged harassment and attacks on in and outside the state, officials said.

The call was supported by major trade bodies like the Economic Alliance and as well as transporters' associations.

Shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut here in Srinagar, the summer capital of and Kashmir, the officials said.

They said public transport was off the roads and cabs and auto-rickshaws also largely stayed away, they added.

However, private cars were seen plying in many areas.

The also affected the weekly flea market as no vendor put up a stall on the TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through the city centre Lal Chowk, the officials said.

They said similar reports of shutdown were received from other district headquarters of the valley.

Various trade bodies on Saturday called for Kashmir bandh to protest against attacks on in and outside the state.

A shutdown was observed in Lal Chowk city centre and adjoining areas here after 3 pm on Saturday as a mark of protest against the harassment and attacks. The traders also took out a march to condemn the attacks.

They demanded the safety of Kashmiri traders and students outside the valley. They have threatened to cut off business ties with Jammu-based traders in case the attacks on in Jammu were not stopped immediately.

Various employees unions also protested at Press Colony here on Saturday.

First Published: Sun, February 17 2019. 12:35 IST
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