Transporters may put Hurriyat calendar in a fix!

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Srinagar: With the government claiming of improvement in situation in restive Kashmir, an appeal from transporters is likely to put the  protest calendar issued by the united Hurriyat in a fix.

Sources said in the wake of improvement in public mobility and surge in the movement of private vehicles, more so in the summer capital of Srinagar here, a delegation of transporters recently called on a senior Hurriyat leader at his uptown residence seeking his intervention.

It was reliably learnt the transporters comprising mainly TATA Sumo and 407 mini buses told the separatist leader that till now no share of relaxation has come their way and if they venture out for work their vehicles are often damaged by stone pelters.

Sources said the delegation told the united Hurriyat to frame protest calendar in way that interests of all the working people are taken into consideration.

The transporters told the separatist leadership that since July 8 when Kashmir erupted against the killing of militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his two colleagues, they have not earned even a penny.

The sources, however, said the transporters dealing with big buses, used for inter district  transportation are largely silent as most of their vehicles have been hired by the security forces for mobility of their personnel on law and order duty.

While the government has been trying to break the protest calendar, the Hurriyat has toughened its stand. The continued arrest spree across the Valley, under which over 6000 persons have been detained till now has only festered the prevalent crises.

Sources said the Hurriyat leadership was likely call a meeting to decide future course of action.

For the past around three months, the separatist leadership, comprising Hurriyat G led by Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat M led by Mirwaiz Dr Umar Faroooq  and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front led by Muhammad Yasin Malik , jointly issue the protest calendar asking people to adhere it.

The Peoples Democratic Party led government, on the other hand, has been trying its best to restore normalcy in the Valley, where atleast 91 persons were killed, over 12,000 wounded and around 1,000 blinded in action by government forces against the protesters during the tumultuous spells siege and strikes.

Two days back Director Information tweeted that around 1.5 lakh schoolchildren have resumed schooling.

The markets on the other hand, largely open on the relaxation call given the separatist leadership.

However, even during relaxation complaints keep pouring in of stone pelting on shops or motorists.

“Amid this all drafting the weekly protest calendar has emerged as a big challenge,” confided a Hurriyat insider.

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