|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Mar 3: Traders of Ware House-Nehru Market and adjoining areas on Wednesday paid tributes to Akash Mehra, the son of the owner of a popular eatery, who was shot by terrorists in Srinagar. Led by Rattan Lal Mahajan, outgoing President of Traders Federation Ware House-Nehru Market Jammu, the traders assembled near Police Post Nehru Market and paid tributes to Akash Mehra. Traders expressed their solidarity with the bereaved family members and appealed to the Govt to identify the perpetrator of violence so that such incidents could not happen in future.
Talking to reporters, Deepak Gupta, outgoing General Secretary of the Federation said that in this hour of grief, the entire trading community of Jammu stands with the bereaved family.
Deepak Gupta said that Militants are targeting non-local businessmen in Kashmir which is not a good sign. Earlier, the terrorists killed the Jeweller Satpal Nischal in Kashmir and now Akash Mehra. Both of these were from Jammu. The way outside traders are being targeted in Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear is being created. After abolishing 370 & 35 A, the government is inviting traders and industrialists of the country to invest here but who will come when there will be such a situation in Kashmir?, he asked.
"The Govt must ensure safety and security of all people working in Kashmir," Gupta demanded. He also demanded that the Govt should provide relief to the victim family and provide them protection in Srinagar.
Among others who were present included Dheeraj Gupta, Munish Mahajan, Abhimanyu Gupta, Vishal Gupta, Kirti Gupta, President Dal Merchants Association, Dharam Pal Gupta, former Jr. Vc. President of Federation, Sham Langer, former General Secretary, Naresh Gupta, former Jr. Vc. President, Sandeep Gupta, former Cashier and several others.