Kashmir paralysed as traders join transporters’ strike

June 11th, 2008 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, June 11 (IANS) Life in the Kashmir valley was thrown completely out of gear Wednesday with traders joining transporters in their strike against the hike in fuel prices. Day three of the transporters’ strike saw all markets in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir closed and roads deserted because of non-availability of public transport.

Government offices, banks, educational institutions and business establishments recorded very thin attendance as the administration here tried to mobilise state owned State Road Transport Corporation buses to mitigate commuter suffering.

Reports from other district headquarters also said life was completely disrupted.

Negotiations between the local transporters association and official negotiators have been continuing without any breakthrough.

The central government last week hiked the prices of petrol by Rs.5 a litre, diesel by Rs.3 a litre and cooking gas by Rs.50 per cylinder.

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