SRINAGAR: Life was crippled due to a strike called by Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), an amalgam of trader bodies and civil society against detention of trader leaders and against implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Shops and the business establishments remained closed in major towns and tehsil headquarters in the Valley. Pertinently state lawmakers are participating in a debate at a four-day special session of Legislature since yesterday on implementation of GST.
Meanwhile curfew like restrictions have been imposed in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown in Srinagar as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem since early this morning.
All gate of historic Jamia Masjid, were closed and a large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in the area.
Officials said that restriction under Section 144 CrPC were imposed in the areas falling under five police stations in the SeK and down town Srinagar since early this morning to prevent any violence.
However, the situation was entirely different on the ground as repeated announcements were being made through public address system fitted on vehicles that curfew has been imposed since this morning.
“People are requested to remain indoor as curfew restrictions have been imposed,” the announcement said. State police personnel and security forces, wearing bulletproof jackets, helmets and holding automatic weapons in their hands have been deployed to strictly implement the restrictions.
People of these areas alleged that milkmen and vegetable vendors were not allowed to enter from outskirts by the security forces with the result they had to drink black tea and go without any roti as bakery shops also remained closed due to restrictions.
Er. Rasheed stages anti-GST protest outside state assembly
Independent MLA and Awami Ittihad party chief Er Rasheed on Wednesday staged a protest against the proposed implementation of GST in Jammu and Kashmir.
Rasheed said that the tax law would end the fiscal autonomy of the state. He was joined by scores of his supporters who were shouting slogans against the GST. Later, police detained dozens of Rasheed’s supporters.
A special session of legislative assembly is going on since yesterday to debate the implementation of the GST bill. Noisy scenes were witnessed yesterday as the House debated the bill. (PTK)