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Traders’ bodies express anguish over killings

Srinagar, Apr 02: Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), on Monday held a protest demonstration at commercial hub Lal Chowk in Srinagar against the “killing spree” in Kashmir.
Scores of traders assembled near historic clock tower in Lal Chowk today morning and held a demonstration against the killings of four civilians in Shopian on Sunday.
They demanded the government to take cognizance of the situation prevalent here and stop killings forthwith.
Later, the traders tried to take out a march towards United Nations headquarters at Sonwar here. However, huge posse of government forces already deployed near Polo view prevented them from marching ahead. Many traders were also detained by forces.
Meanwhile, other traders bodies including Kashmir Traders Federation and Kashmir Economic Alliance strongly condemned the killing of militants and civilians.
Chief Spokesperson Kashmir Traders Federation, Ajaz Shahdhar said that it is a preplanned genocide. “These killings are condemnable and an indication, how people in Kashmir can be butchered anytime without any mercy,” he said.
Co-Chairperson Kashmir Economic Alliance Farooq Ahmed Dar while expressing grief over these killings said that hearts of every Kashmiri are bleeding as our youth are being continuously killed on one pretext or the other.”