On the second consecutive day, several Hari Singh High Street (HSHS) shop owners Thursday observed complete shutdown on the second consecutive day against the government’s decision to relocate their shops to other places. The HSHS shop owners also staged a sit-in-protest outside of their shops demanding amendment of the order. They were holding banners displaying ‘we want Justice’, the protesters were protesting under the banner of Hari Singh High Street Traders Association. While talking to KNS, Muhammad Sultan, an association member said that the government has announced to relocate our shops but the one sided decision is not unacceptable. He said that it is the second consecutive protest and until and unless the government won’t amend the decision they will continue their protest and won’t allow the authorities to dismantle the buildings, where their shops are located. “We have spent our life in this market and now the government is trying to make our life miserable by issuing such kind of statements. Why should we go to the other place when we are happily surviving in this market?” Ali questioned. He said that that with the relocation of their shops they are supposed to lose everything. “It will take our half life to again to appease the shoppers at the new place, which can make hardships in our life,” he said. He said that until and unless the government decision won’t get change they will take a step which can prove hard to the state government. They said that they have approached several higher ups in this regard but so far all has fallen into deaf ears. The protests asked the state government to take any favorable decision which will accommodate to the aspirations of the trader’s body.
2015 Kashmir Despatch