Monday, February 4, 2008
Srinagar, Feb 3: There is good news for mutton eaters as dealers at Delhi’s Bakra Mandi withdrew call for strike on Sunday. “The mutton dealers in New Delhi have agreed to call off their strike on our request,” Manzoor Ahmad Kanoon, President Kashmir whole sale mutton dealers union told Greater Kashmir. The Valley dealers asked the Bakra mandi dealers to call off the strike after they were assured by the government that they won’t be facing any harassment while importing the livestock in the Valley. The Bakra Mandi dealers had launched an indefinite strike last month alleging harassment and ‘extortion’ by the activists of People for Animals (PFA), an NGO, in Haryana, while ferrying the livestock into the Valley. The dealers were being harassed on the pretext of carrying more than 40 sheep per truck against the 140 sheep permitted by the state government. “We took the matter with the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and the Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution who assured us that they would take up the issue of harassment with the authorities in New Delhi. We accordingly asked the Bakra Mandi dealers to call off the strike,” Kanoon said. “They responded well and decided to call off the strike,” he said. He said the strike by the dealers had resulted in a crisis like situation in the Valley. “The mutton in the valley was becoming increasingly scarce due to the strike and there were complaints that a kilogram of mutton was being sold at Rs 200,” he said. He said the livestock import will resume Sunday and the supply will reach the valley in a couple of days. “Once the supply reaches into the Valley we expect the things to be normal,” Kanoon said, adding the prices would also roll back to the normal.

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