Locals protest, LoC trade suspended

Excelsior Correspondent

Uri residents holding protest outside TFC Salamabad on Tuesday.            	            —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi
Uri residents holding protest outside TFC Salamabad on Tuesday. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi

SRINAGAR, July 28:  The trans-Line of Control (LoC) trade today came to a halt as residents of Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district demanded registration of their names as traders and staged protest in favour of their demand.
The protesters converged outside Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) Salamabad in Uri at around 4:45 am and staged the protest. The protesters locked the main gate of the TFC, thereby blocking the way forward of 25 loaded trucks which were supposed to cross Line of Control via Kaman Post.
The protesters, who had come from various villages of Uri, demanded that they should be registered as traders and those with fake registrations should be barred from doing the trade.
To pacify the protesters, the Sub-District Magistrate (SDM) Uri, Custodian Farooq Shah, Sub-Divisional Police Officer and Station House Officer reached the TFC but to no avail.
Later, the Director, Industries and Commerce, Nazim Khan, spoke to Custodian over phone and told him to look into the demand of the protesters. Sources said following the intervention by Director I&C, a list of 32 people was prepared and handed over to concerned authorities for registration.
Due to the protest, the cross-LoC trade remained suspended today. The suspension of trading anguished trading community.

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