Protests in Jammu over the opening of new liquor shops


Protests continued in various localities of winter capital city, Jammu, over opening of wine shops in residential areas on Wednesday.

Witnesses told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), scores of people including women and children staged protest in city’s Shakti Nagar area and against the administration.

The protesting residents said the proposed shop is next to residential apartment, which houses three families, majority of them female members.

“We are around ten female members living in the house, which has been proposed as new wine shop, which we will not allow to open at any cost,” said a local.

She added that if wine shop will open, it would be security issue for entire locality as boozers may create nuisance.

Earlier, residents of Gujjar Nagar along with Corporator Ritu Choudhary and Ex-Corporator Rashida Begum hold protest against government and opposed opening of wine shop in residential area.

Similar situation was witnessed in Chowk Chabutra where protesters said that proposed shop is in residential area, which as per the locals in close to a temple. They demanded that the Lieutenant Governor should intervene into the matter and direct the concerned department to reallocate the wine shop to some other non-residential area.

“We will not allow the wine shops to open in our residential area”, a senior citizen said.

Similar protest was also held in Pacca Danga, wherein residents also demanded shifting of wine shop from their residential area to some other location.

“Women, school going children and other people feel insecure after opening of the wine shop in our residential area,” the protesting people said.

If government intends to open the wine shops, than the same should be opened at one place and that too away from the residential areas, the protestors added.

The wine shop is located near a school, so it is not justified to open the wine shop here, a local said, adding that they will continue their protest if wine shops are opened in their areas.

When contacted, Rahul Sharma Excise Commissioner, Jammu and Kashmir said, “We have nothing to say on the protests as respective district magistrates have issued No Objection Certificates (NOC) to new license holders.”

On number of shops opened after new Excise policy came into existence, Sharma said data has not been complied yet—(KNO)

Will fight for the rights of Jammu and Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah

Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of various political parties, fighting for the restoration of pre-August 5, 2019 decision of New Delhi, Wednesday met after a gap of six months and vowed to use every opportunity to fight for peoples’ rights stating that the alliance “will fight while sitting in fire.”

The meeting as per a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), was held at the Gupkar residence of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, where other members of the alliance that include Javaid Mustafa Mir, M Y Tarigami, NC MP Hasnain Masoodi, and Muzaffar Shah of Awami National Conference (ANC) and Mehbooba Beg of PDP participated. The meeting decided to appoint Tarigami as the full-fledged spokesman of PAGD.

The meeting chaired by PAGD’s president and National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah, started at 05:10 pm.

Soon after the meeting, the leaders from PAGD stated that there has been no change in their stance on the declaration made on 4 August 2019. The leaders while talking to the media persons said that the alliance will continue to “fight for the rights of people.”

The NC chief Abdullah, when asked whether he would resign as Member of Parliament in case any unfavourable decision is taken by the Centre, said: “We will fight sitting in fire. I will not quit. But, I will fight for my people in the Parliament,” he said.

He added that the doors of PAGD has and will remain always open for everyone. “We have not been asked or informed about anything so far regarding the ongoing speculations,” he said.

About the delimitation process, he said they have already moved to the Supreme Court (SC) with regard to the 5 August decision. “The matter is in court. Let the verdict be announced first. We will take a call accordingly,” he said.

PAGD’s new spokesman, Tarigami said that the conglomerate will never leave any stone unturned for the betterment of the people. “We (PAGD) will use every opportunity for the wellbeing of the people,” he said.

The meeting assumed significance as it was held amid speculations over the further bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir by the Centre.

Pertinently, the PAGD, a conglomerate of political parties was formed in Jammu and Kashmir to fight for the restoration of the 4 August 2019 position. Nonetheless, the silence prevailed within the conglomerate for the last couple of months. (KNO)

Train service suspended in Kashmir till 16 June

Train service suspended in Kashmir till 16 June 1

Authorities on Wednesday ordered that the train services from Banihal to Baramulla would remain suspended till 16 June, 2021.

According to an order, a copy of which lies with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the train services from Banihal-Baramulla were scheduled to resume from 09 June 2021.

However, the order reads that the Inspector General of Kashmir (IGP) Kashmir through PCR Kashmir has demanded further cancelation of train operation over Baramulla-Banihal-Baramulla section from 10-06-21 to 16-06-21—(KNO)