Srinagar, October 6: United Traders’ Association, an amalgam of various trade bodies, today called for an indefinite shutdown in Anantnag Town of south Kashmir against the alleged highhandedness of police and demanded immediate transfer of concerned SHO.
Chief Spokesperson of the Association Sajjad Ahmad Hakeem told news agency GNS over phone that police team led by concerned SHO in Anantnag Town has been indulging in highhandedness and rude behaviour against the shopkeepers repeatedly during law and order disturbances on Friday.
“Today also, the SHO hurled abuses on shopkeepers and detained many of them during stone-pelting. This has been his permanent feature and this is unacceptable. Therefore we held a meeting today and decided to go for indefinite shutdown from tomorrow till Government doesn’t transfer the SHO,” he said.
Hakeem said that medical shops and emergency services would also remain closed as part of indefinite shutdown.
Rejecting all the allegations, SHO Arshad Khan when contacted by GNS said that police didn’t detain any shopkeeper but held five stone pelters in Anantnag Town. “This is all false. Who is witness to all these things. These are baseless allegations,” he said.
The SHO said that police are trying to maintain law and order in Anantnag Town every Friday but stone pelters take shelter in shops of shopkeepers and as a result it becomes difficult for them to differentiate. “Tell me how can we differentiate. Also sometimes these shopkeepers shield these pelters and then tell police to spare them,” the SHO said and sought cooperation of traders in maintaining peace in the town (GNS).