Kargil: Kargil town observed a complete shutdown against the thrashing of taxi drivers from the town in Leh district on Thursday.
All the shops and business establishments remained shut while transport remained off the roads. The call for shutdown was given Taxi Union Kargil and it was supported by Islamia School and all other political leaders of the town.
Sources said that a group of locals mostly Buddhist taxi drivers from Leh town, who according to police were drunk, roughed up number of taxi drivers hailing from Kargil district. Three drivers were wounded and few vehicles were damaged in the attack, said a taxi driver from Kargil adding that the some vested interests belonging to a political party in Leh dont want Kargil Taxi drivers should ply their vehicles in Leh.
When contacted, SSP Leh, Dr Sunil Gupta said that they have arrested an assailant so far and efforts are on to nab his associates. The assailants from Leh town were drunk and they roughed up few drivers from Kargil. The matter has been resolved and a formal case under relevant sections of law has been registered against the goons, he said.
Meanwhile Chairman Legislative Council, Haji Inayat Ali has asked the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Deputy Commissioner, Leh to intervene and settle the dispute between Transport operators of twin districts of Leh and Kargil, which had erupted yesterday.
He also directed that the accused responsible for disrupting the peace in the region be brought to book, to act as a deterrent for any such occurrences in future.
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