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Protests, clashes in Srinagar against attack on Kashmiris, Jammu Muslims

Protests, clashes in Srinagar against attack on Kashmiris, Jammu Muslims
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Trade bodies call for shutdown today

Srinagar: Clashes erupted in LalChowk and its adjacent Maisuma area on Saturday afternoon after the youth pelted stones on forces deployed in commercial Hub LalChowk following the protest by Traders Associations here against the attack on Jammu Muslims and Kashmiris outside the Valley.
Eyewitnesses said the youth during the protests by traders association resorted to stone pelting in commercial hub LalChowk during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse them.
The youth as per eyewitnesses assembled on M. A road here and pelted stones on government forces deployed near the cluster university Srinagar with stones, thus creating chaos here.
Clashes also erupted in Old City areas here including Nowhatta and its adjacent areas in the afternoon. Forces used tear gas shells to disperse the agitating youth.
Moreover, the traders associations and employees union staged protests, demanding the safety and security of the Kashmiris outside the state
Traders Association LalChowk also observed a complete shutdown during the afternoon to exhibit solidarity with valleyities outside Kashmir who according to them were harassed.
Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) staged a sit-in protest at GhantaGhar in Srinagar, amid chanting slogans against the harassment to Kashmiris outside the Valley in the aftermath of Lethpora attack on Thursday.
The Valley-based traders including KTMF, KCCI and others have called for a shutdown on Sunday against the attacks on Kashmiris and Muslims outside the Valley.
The shutdown call was jointly given by trade bodies of the valley. They also demanded the government to ensure the safety of Kashmiris outside the valley.
Traders Federation of north Kashmir’s Sopore town has also extended their full support to shutdown call on Sunday.
Vice-President of Traders Federation of Sopore, Muhammad ShaffiChangal in a statement issued here said that the entire trade fraternity of this north Kashmir town expresses solidarity with Kashmiris outside the Valley including transporters, traders and students.
Meanwhile, J&K Government Employees Joint Action Committee (JKEJAC) also staged a peaceful protest at Srinagar’s Press Enclave here to demand security and protection for Darbar employees in Jammu.
The protesting employees while raising slogans in favour of employees, sought the intervention of authorities and demanded security for Kashmiris in Jammu.
“If you can’t prevent them from harm, at least make sure a safe passage for their return,” one of the protesting employees said.
President of Darbar Move Employees Association, OwaisWani said that the employees, their families and students outside Kashmir are facing serious threats. “The government should take immediate and quick action for the protection of Kashmiris and local Muslims, if not, we will shut down whole Kashmir,” he said.
“We had already appealed to the district and divisional administration Jammu to provide full security to quarters of Darbar employees but the administration is not dealing with the situation seriously, ”he added.
“I talked to my friend there in the morning. He said that they have not even left their quarters. They have no protection. They are being attacked and pelted with stones,” said Zahoor Ahmad, a PDD employee.

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