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Muzaffarabad shuts down as traders clash with police over inflated bills

Police arrested several protesters from Azadi Chowk
Protesters gather at Azadi Chowk, in Kashmir to protest against inflated bills on Saturday, September 30, 2023. PHOTO SOCIAL MEDIA
Protesters gather at Azadi Chowk, in Kashmir to protest against inflated bills on Saturday, September 30, 2023. PHOTO SOCIAL MEDIA

Traders in Muzaffarabad city of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday started a shutter-down strike and clashed with the police.

The traders began shutting down shops after Shaukat Nawaz Mir, the president of the traders’ body in Muzaffarabad, announced that they would protest against the heavy-handedness meted out to protesters in different AJK cities in recent days.

Authorities had launched an operation against the protesters who staged sit-ins at Rawalakot, Bagh and Kotli of Kashmir against hiked electricity bills.

With the announcement of Saturday’s strike, the Muzaffarabad traders also decided to lead a rally toward the Azadi Chowk.

The police tried to stifle the protest by bringing down the camp of the protesters set up at the Azadi Chowk early morning. Several leaders of the trading community along with protesters were arrested from the site of the protest.

A huge contingent of police was deployed in an attempt to stop the protesters from coming onto the main roads, as the situation was getting tense.

The police used tear gas and batons against the protesters after clashes broke out.

Reports said at least five people were arrested including Faisal Jameel Kashmiri, a member of the Awami Action Committee.

The clashes caused more people to take to the streets and the situation remained tense as of Saturday noon.

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