IOK growers suffer huge losses as apple laden trucks halted

Srinagar, April 10, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities stopped 50 apple laden trucks without any reason at Qazigund leaving the growers at a risk of losing worth millions. The President of Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, Mawer Raja Akbar, talking to media men said that the trucks left on Sunday, but were stopped due to unknown reasons even on Monday. On Tuesday again the trucks were not allowed, he added.

“Our trucks are supposed to reach Delhi within 24 hours; else the fruit will get perished. Two days have already passed and trucks are still halted. We have suffered huge loss. The authorities and regime is responsible for it,” he said. On Wednesday now, the vehicles of Indian army will be seen on Srinagar-Jammu highway while the road is closed for civilian traffic.

Meanwhile, the High Court of occupied Kashmir has asked the Indian authorities to respond to pleas seeking directions to scrap the ban on movement of civilian vehicles along the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Sunday and Wednesday every week. A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan issued notices to the Indian Defence Ministry and the Home Ministry through their secretaries and the Transport Ministry. The court issued the notice after hearing the clubbed petitions of Shah Faesal, Ali Muhammad Saghar, Naeem Akhter, Raja Faisal Zahoor, Shafaqat Nazir and Arif Javid Khan.

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