Shopkeepers threatened with FIRs for observing 5 Aug shutdown: Mehbooba

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PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday alleged that the government is threatening shopkeepers with FIRs for shutting shops on the second anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir’s limited autonomy.

“GOI threatening shopkeepers with FIRs for shutting their shops on 5th Aug as a mark of protest is the latest addition to the growing number of CBMs for Kashmiris since all party meeting,” Mufti tweeted. 

She added: “First CBM – firing govt employees on trivial grounds followed by denying jobs & passports.”

On 5 August 2021, the police was accused of breaking locks and forcibly opening shuttered shops in the key commercial centre of Lal Chowk. 

The police had earlier summoned traders and shopkeepers from several parts of Srinagar including Lal Chowk markets and directed them to keep their business establishments open and not observe a shutdown on 5 August.

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