CC, heading Kashmir agitation meeting tomorrow

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Srinagar, Oct 7 (UNI) The Coordination Committee (CC), spearheading the present agitation in Kashmir, is meeting here tomorrow to chalk out the future course of action.

The meeting is being held on the day when Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami alongwith his two Election Commissioners (CECs) Navin Chawla and S Y Qureshi are meeting leaders of mainstream political parties here before taking a final decision on holding of general Assembly elections in the state.

A spokesman of the CC said all the members are expected to take part in the meeting to finalise the programme for the future. Lal Chowk chalo call for yesterday was the last programme finalised by the CC for September and first week of October in its last meeting.

The CC, an alliance of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC), traders and fruit grower associations, Kashmir Bar Association, religious bodies and other separatist organisations, was formed to jointly oppose the diversion of 800 kanal forest land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) by the authorities.

Even after the land diversion order was cancelled, the CC demanded opening of all cross-Line of Control (LoC) roads following alleged economic blockade and attack on Kashmiri drivers in Jammu, where SASB Sangarh Samiti protested against the cancellation order.

The CC has directed Kashmir-based traders, who are part of it, to boycott all goods from Jammu for their participation in economic blockade.

More than two dozen trucks loaded with different essential commodities, televisions and iron rods were sent back to Jammu after the Kashmiri traders refused to accept them.

This is for the first time in more than six decades, the traders in Kashmir valley have refused to do any business with their Jammu counterparts.

The CC, among other things, is also demanding release of all detenues, withdrawal of troops and special powers to security forces in the Jammu and Kashmir.


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