Police Foils Batamaloo Traders March

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Srinagar—Traders and transporters, who are protesting against shifting of General Bus Stand (GBS) Batmaloo to Parimpora, Saturday staged a demonstration at Press Enclave here as part of their continuing strike.

According to reports, the traders and transporters said that the government should not shift the GBS Batamaloo to Parimpora in Srinagar outskirts.

They said that All Traders Joint Coordination Committee chairman, Haji Muhammad Ashraf was admitted to hospital after he fell unconscious during the protests.

Amid anti-government sloganeering, the traders demanded immediate fulfilment of their demands.

The traders and transporters said that the shifting of GBS Batamaloo will result in immense hardships to general public as well to them.

They said that the Parimpora bus stand does not have capacity to accommodate all the buses to be shifted from the Batamaloo GBS.

“The total land at GBS Batamaloo is 175 Kanals whereas the total land at Parimpora is 57 Kanals, which is not enough to accommodate all the buses there. GBS Batamaloo has capacity to accommodate at least 1500 buses while as the Parimpora has capacity to accommodate 200 buses only,” Mukhtar Ahmad, a senior committee member told KNS.

Ahmad said that the government is pushing hundreds of traders and transporters towards starvation. “We are protesting against the government decision from past 19 days but unfortunately no one from the administration bothered to look into the demands of traders and transporters,” he said.

“The shifting of GBS Batamaloo to Parimpora has resulted in the hardships to the general public including the transporters here,” he said, adding that the government with their callous approach are forcing them to take streets.

They demanded that keeping in view of the sufferings of the general public and the transporters, the government should review its order at earliest so that the people could feel a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile, the protesting traders and transporters tried to march towards Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence.

However, police foiled their attempt after they came out from the Srinagar’s Press Enclave.

Police also detained scores of protesting traders and transporters during their march towards CM’s residence and lodged them at Kothi Bagh Police Station.

The protesters were later released by the police. (KNS)

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