Miffed truckers hold chakka jam strike in Valley against mob attacks

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Truck owners have decided to observe a strike on September 12 opposing the frequent attacks on the vehicles and its drivers in the Valley. Truckers from Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and neighbouring areas will take part in the strike.

Despite assurances, the protesters are peeved with the state government for not providing security to them. The truckers had apprised the divisional commissioners of Jammu/Kashmir, but no action has been taken against the recent spurt in attacks on trucks and tankers.

It may be mentioned here that more than 70 trucks and tankers have suffered damages in attacks.

The All J&K Goods Carrier Association Jammu had held an emergency meeting and decided to organise a chakka jam strike on September 12. Asking all truckers to join the strike, chairperson Harbans Singh had said that the association might also think of extending the strike if the need arises. There have been cases where the trucks were badly destroyed and drivers beaten up mercilessly, he said.

While this was so, oil tanker operators have warned of suspending supplies to the Valley and Ladakh since the government failed in providing them security from attacks. All Jammu and Kashmir Oil Tankers’ Association president A Sharma said, “During attacks, two drivers were injured and as many been 17 oil tankers were damaged.”

The situation is no longer safe for us to ferry supplies daily, a tanker driver said. Tankers and trucks, which come from Jammu to deliver supplies, are attacked regularly in Humama chowk, Bijbihara and other city areas.

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