Life remains crippled on day 4 in Kashmir due to chaka jam

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Srinagar, Jun 12 (UNI) The indefinite ''Chaka Jam'' by private transporters for the fourth day today paralysed life in the Kashmir valley.

However, shops and other business establishments reopened this morning after they too had joined the strike in protest against the recent hike in price of petroleum products and other essentials yesterday.

Though the state government had constituted a three-member committee to look into the demands of the transporters, the vehicle owners hardened their stand and continued their strike.

The transporters, who had earlier called for four-day ''chaka jam'', have extended their strike for an indefinite period until their demands are met.

Three-wheelers continued to take undue benefit of the strike, charging more than double the normal rates.

The strike call was given by All Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association (AKTWA) in protest against the steep hike in price of diesel, petrol and other petroleum products.

The Association demanded immediate hike in the fare and urged the government to restore subsidy on all petroleum products which have affected the people.

A UNI correspondent who visited several areas in the city could not notice a single private commercial vehicle on any route. All vehicles remained parked at different bus stands and other places.

Three wheelers were seen plying on all routes, charging more than double the normal rates from passengers.

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