Last Monday, scores of traders held a protest demonstration in Asia’s second-largest fruit mandi (market) in the Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. They protested the halting of supply trucks on Srinagar-Jammu national highway by the police.
Witnesses said that scores of traders assembled in the premises of Sopore fruit mandi and held a protest demonstration against the authorities for “unnecessarily” stopping fruit-laden trucks on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
The protesting traders said that they have been facing huge losses as the loaded fruits get rotten on the highway due to the continuous stoppage of trucks. They also warned that they would suspend trade at fruit mandi Sopore in case police continued to stop fruit and vegetable-laden trucks on the national highway.
In this regard, Sopore fruit mandi president, Fayaz Ahamd Malik said that the traders have faced huge losses, partly due to the unnecessary stoppages of loaded trucks by police at several places along the Srinagar-Jammu highway.