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Kashmiri sheep traders being harassed in Indian Punjab

Srinagar, April 15, 2016 (PPI-OT):The traders from occupied Kashmir importing goats and sheep from Delhi to meet the meat consumption in the territory, have said that they are being harassed by the goons in Indian Punjab. The aggrieved traders told media men in Jammu that a gang of goons on the highway along Lakhanpur-Madhopur-Pathankot road was extorting them to allow transportation of the animals.

“They (the goons) forced us to pay ‘special tax’ in name of Punjab Cattle Fair Act 1967 for carrying the animals,” the traders said. “For last so many years, we are in the business of goats and sheep. We procure these animals from Ghazipura, Delhi, under valid documents and receipts. But for past six months some people are threatening and harassing us on Lakhanpur-Madhopur-Pathankot road stretch,” said a Kashmiri trader Firdous Ahmed Wani.

He said Punjab Cattle Fair Act 1967 provides for collection of tax from local market in Punjab and “It is applicable to Jammu and Kashmir bound vehicles, particularly those loaded in Delhi or other states.” He said that a group of 20-25 people on Lakhanpur-Pathankot road claimed to be government officials and forcibly asked us to pay illegal charge varying from Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 per truck.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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