Traders protest shifting of Batmaloo Bus Stand

Scores held as Police chase away agitated mob   

Srinagar: Police Tuesday foiled the protest march of Members of Kashmir Traders Federation (KTF) and Western Bus Stand Association (WBSA) and detained scores at Press Enclave here against the proposed relocation of General Bus Stand Batamaloo to Parimpora.

The protesters displayed placards, banners and shouted slogans against the authorities for the proposed move, saying, “it will adversely affect our livelihood. The protesters also threatened to intensify agitation if the authorities did not revoke the decision forthwith. Minibus Federation president Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf said that they will oppose the move tooth and nail. He said that people especially from North Kashmir will face a lot of inconvenience. 

“The government move will adversely affect trade and will directly hit the economy of the city. Travelling will become expensive and time consuming. We will set our vehicles on fire if government did not shelve the proposal,” he said and alleged that,” some officials in the administration in a bid to facilitate the entry of stray Sumo drivers, want to drag us from traditional Batamaloo bus stand.     The protesting transporters were supported by the traders body Kashmir Economic Alliance.  Police detained scores of them when they tried to march towards to Residency Road. (CNS)

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