Oil tankers ready to ply on Jammu-Srinagar NH

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Jammu, July 11 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir Petrol Tankers Owners Association today agreed to ply on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway after the state administration had assured tight security arrangements to the drivers and tankers en route to Srinagar.

The drivers of tankers went on indefinite strike and refused to carry on with the supply when some of them were mercilessly thrashed in Srinagar and the Surankote area of Poonch district.

The state administration had assured tight security cover for the tankers and drivers while they would be performing their duties in the state.

''The Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sudhanshu Pandey and IGP Jammu Zone K Rajendra in a meeting assured us that a tight security arrangements have been made for the tankers plying on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway,'' Association president Anan Sharma told UNI.

Mr Sharma said besides security, authorities had also assured a compensation to the drivers and the damaged vehicles if such incidents be reported in future.

''FIR has also been lodged against the miscreants and immediate action will be taken against them,'' Mr Sharma said, asserting, ''we have called off the agitation and the drivers have agreed to move on NH but if such incident happens again, there will be no supply of petroleum products to the Valley.'' However, Mr Sharma also said Srinagar-Valley Dealers Association president Haji Ghulam-ud-Din, had supported the Tankers Association and assured all support and cooperation besides security to the drivers in Srinagar.

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