|Despite threats to business establishment, "Sunday market" runs peacefully|
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Sept 15: Despite the threat from militant outfits to shopkeepers, the famous Sunday Market has been buzzing on the usual business establishment day with people selling and buying the essential home items including utensils and clothes today.
Earlier there were few vendors, now the numbers have been quite increasing from last many weeks. Terror outfits have been intimidating shopkeepers across the valley to not to run their business beyond 8:30 AM in the morning else they will face dire consequences.
The Centre abrogated Article 370 on August 5, which used to provide special status to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, including separate flag and constitution. The state administration have been doing everything possible they can to bring normalcy, by restoring telephones, reopening schools and relaxation in restrictions.
Vendors have kept the threats at bay and have been running business as usual at Lal Chowk Sunday market. Many people have been associated with the Sunday market, from a very long time. Mushtaq (name changed), one of vendors said, "What else can we do. We have been selling items here from very long time. It is our way of earning bread and butter. We have no other way of means of earning. We have nothing to do with the politics and other issues".
He added all that matters is that we earn some pennies and spend it on our families. Though, the numbers of stall and vendors are less, but people will do the same once they feel everything is safe.
People across the places are coming here and buying the things as usual.
The protection have been provided to the vendors by the Jammu and Kashmir police making sure that security is there for them to run their business establishment.
Imran, (name changed), a resident of civil lines said, "We were looking to buy some items for home, but since the shops are closed elsewhere, we thought, we should come here and purchase that. Thankfully, we got some items".