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Kashmiri traders in Panchkula forced to close shops, leave accommodations

Kashmiri traders in Panchkula forced to close shops, leave accommodations
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Srinagar: More than a hundred traders from Kashmir Valley have been forced to close their shops in Ramgarh area in Panchkula district of Haryana.

A number of callers said that the landlords of their rented accommodations asked them to vacate, saying that they have been continuously pressurized by the locals not to allow Kashmiris stay put.

“We have been receiving continuous threats by the shopkeepers where our shops lie and we were asked to vacate,” Zahoor Ahmad Dar, a trader from Awoora Kupwara, told over phone.

“We have left our entire goods there,” he said. Accompanied by others, he said, “We are now putting up in local Masjids.”

He said that all the traders from Kashmir visited local police station, seeking help. “But no help was provided to us,” he said. “We fear for our lives and government should ensure our safety and the merchandise we own.”

He also urged all state governments to issue formal orders not to allow any Kashmiri to visit their state or operate some business there.

“We will stay back in Kashmir after such orders,” he added.

Notably, following the attack on a CRPF convoy last week Kashmiri traders have been harassed in various Indian states, including Bihar, Jharkhand, Himchal and Haryana. (GNS)



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