Despite being humiliated in Kashmir, Jammu Taxi Operators maintain brotherhood

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Nagender Jamwal
Giving out message of brotherhood, Taxi Operators in Jammu despite being humiliated in Kashmir are ensuring proper security and safety of operators from Kashmir, who were stranded in Jammu owing to prevailing situation in valley.
According to reports, since the inception of violence in Kashmir, many Jammu based drivers and taxi operators have been beaten up and their vehicles were damaged by the angry mob, but the situation in Jammu remained altogether different. Instead of taking revenge, Jammu based taxi operator’s maintained proper safety and security of Kashmiri drivers.
Following the eruption of violence in Kashmir, the Jammu based drivers faced humiliation, as they were not allowed to park vehicles inside given area, due to which they were attacked. But here in Jammu, the Kashmir based drivers are provided with space inside the stand and they are given priority to move back to Kashmir with passengers.
Violence erupted following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed. Scores of cab drivers from the Valley were stranded in Jammu.
Inderjeet Singh, Chairman Jammu Province Tourist Taxi Operators Federation and President Special Tourist Taxi Association TRP told Newspoint that some anti-social elements in the valley had attacked Jammu-based vehicles to create a communal and regional divide, but Jammu based drivers ensured this would not happen in Jammu.
Inderjeet Singh said “around 40 to 50 Jammu based taxies were targeted and drivers of these taxies were injured in the ongoing protest. There was a wave of anger among people, but cab operators made it sure that no one touches Kashmir-based vehicles. We have lost around crores of rupees during this unrest.”
Numerous Kashmir based taxi drivers had fearlessly parked their vehicles on the BC Road because they had faith in their counterparts in Jammu, he said.
Sohail Dar- a Kashmir based taxi operator said that their counterparts in Jammu have already ensured their safety and added that despite turmoil in the Valley, the question of insecurity never came to his mind while being at Jammu.
Inderjeet said, “When the yatra resumed, we gave first preference to Kashmir-based cab drivers to ferry pilgrims so that they could safely reach their native places in the Valley.”

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