Srinagar : ioktimes : The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and industry (KCCI) on Tuesday expressed outrage over looting of stores of Kashmiri traders in Rohru discipline of Shimla, even as it appealed to the top Minister Narendra Modi to safeguard and protect Kashmiri businessmen and students across the nation.
Addressing a news conference in Srinagar, KCCI president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad stated the chamber has been observing with developing quandary, the “selective targeting” of Kashmiri businessmen, specifically Handicraft dealers/Pheriwalla’s on social media through videos of hate speeches and bodily violence, some exhorting persons not to buy Kashmiri items.
“To our skills, no investigation or action has been taken in any of the incidents. A antagonistic environment is being created and makes an attempt made to stoke sectarian violence in more than a few areas across the nation,” he mentioned.
Ashiq mentioned the incident in Shimla is the effect of the hate propaganda gainst Kashmiris. “We appeal to the Honble PM of the nation to send a transparent message for safeguarding and protecting the businessmen and students from Jammu and Kashmir at any place they are going to prefer to be,” he mentioned.
Ashiq asked the Governor Satya pal Malik’s administration to depute a high stage specified group to Shimla including representatives from the KCCI for assessing the losses and to make sure that the lives and property of Kashmiri traders are riskless and at ease.
We additionally humbly appeal to the saner factors of the society, together with members of the business group, intellectuals, intelligentsia, civil society and others to not stay silent. It’s the responsibility of all secular minded individuals of the society to take steps to preserve the rights of Kashmiri folks to freely conduct their corporations anywhere with out worry or intimidation,” he said.
The KCCI additionally demanded that the responsible should be booked underneath more stringent provisions of crook legislation, he stated.
Criticizing the Himachal police for now not taking action against the miscreants, Ashiq said the KCCI found it unusual that regardless of videos of the vandalism readily available on the social media, the Himachal Pradesh Police has did not make any arrests to this point.
“This certainly points to goons being patronized by means of the State, which is deplorable. Such incidents cannot be allowed to be industry as normal and remedial steps must be taken for avoiding their repetition anyplace else.”
A couple of shopkeepers from the valley had alleged that their shops have been looted by way of a mob on December 26.