Shopkeepers threatened with FIRs for observing shutdown

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Freedom Party (PDP) Presi-dent, Mehbooba Mufti, on Saturday said that the government of India is threatening shopkeepers with FIRs for shutting shops on August 05, the second anniversary of the repeal of special status of the territory.

“GOI threatening shopkeepers with FIRs for shutting their shops on 5th Aug as a mark of protest is the latest addition to the growing number of CBMs for Kashmiris since all party meeting,” Mufti tweeted.

She added: “First CBM – firing govt employees on trivial grounds followed by denying jobs & pass-ports.”

On 5 August 2021, the Indian police broke locks and forcibly opened shuttered shops in the key commercial centre of Lal Chowk.

The police had earlier summoned traders and shopkeepers++ from several parts of Srinagar includ-ing Lal Chowk markets and directed them to keep their business establishments open and not observe a shutdown on 5 August.—KMS

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