Srinagar, March 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian authorities on behest of Hindu communal forces of Leh dismantled dozens of shops belonging to the Kashmiris without informing the owners.
The Kashmiri owners of the shops told media that all this had been done at the behest of communal forces in Leh who wanted to throw out the Kashmiris from the region.
The Kashmiri businessmen said that the district administration undertook demolition of shops in Sabzi Mandi along with the merchandise. “The authorities, at the behest of communal elements, have in utter disregard of court orders demolished whole of Sabzi Mandi which is adjacent to the Jamia Masjid Leh, during the night intervening 23rd and 24th March,” a Kashmiri trader, Abdul Rashid, told media men in Srinagar over phone.
Another businessman Bashir Ahmed said that some members of the Leh Hill Council at the behest of Indian Hindu party of BJP and other communal elements were desperate to drive out the Kashmiris from the town.
“It is ironical that the adjacent building in which office of BJP is located has not been touched at all. We have cordial relations with the Buddhists, but BJP is giving communal colour and want to disrupt the peace in the region,” Ahmed said.
“They destroyed shops along with merchandise, furniture, attachments, books of accounts and other valuables,” he said, “The loss and destruction of property has been estimated around Rs 1.30 crore.”
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