In Bloody October, hopes fade fast, life becomes tough in Kashmir | KNO

Business community suffers huge losses, entrepreneurs migrate, tourist witnesses slump
In Bloody October, hopes fade fast, life becomes tough in Kashmir | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, October 25 (KNO) : A simmering discontent is brewing in Kashmir after the fast deteriorating situation in the wake of regular killings of civilians, militants and also the forces personnel besides the frequent strike calls issued by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) and the restrictions imposed by the government.The fast worsening situation in Kashmir has taken a serious tool on the business prospectus, that has already been suffering since past 27-years of perpetual strike and the tourism sector, which is seemingly surviving on the clutches due to the sharp decline in the tourist influx since the killing of new age militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in July 2016. “There is a very less hope as situation has taken ugly turn. We see killings every day. Young boys who are not even trained to fire bullets are picking up arms to fight the forces and the result is their killings,” Shakeel Qalander, a civil society activist, and a leading industrialist told KNO. He said that every day strike costs Kashmir 125 crore loss and that the overall industrial expansion or growth has shown 15 per cent decline, which is a bad signal for any place. “Most of our entrepreneurs are migrating to other parts of India and also to abroad as they are not able to re-pay their loans on time and have become defaulters,” said Qalander. Since October 1, Kashmir has witnessed 35 killings of which 22 are militants, nine civilians including a pregnant lady and rest are forces personnel. The figure also includes seven civilians killed in an explosion at the encounter site at Laroo village of Kulgam. “It has been a busy October for us. But we are bound to act on the information provided to us by our sources about the presence of militants,” a senior police officer said.(KNO)