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Mutton dealers protest against stopping of livestock at Udhampur    

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Srinagar, Apr 23: Kashmiri mutton dealers on Tuesday reached Srinagar to protest against the stopping of trucks carrying their livestock at Udhampur.

The protesting dealers said that around 250 trucks have been stopped at Udhampur from last one week without any reason, causing huge losses to them.

General secretary, All Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association, Mehraj-u-din Ganie told media that dealers are suffering heavy losses due to the stoppage of truck carrying sheep for the Valley. He said that climatic conditions also pose a serious threat to the health of livestock.

Ganie said that despite an official recommendation from Governor’s administration and Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmed Khan, nothing has been done so far.

“We have already approached to the Director (Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs), then Divisional Commissioner and even followed the recommendation from Governor’s office, but not a single truck has moved from Jammu to Srinagar yet,” he said.

Appealing the Governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene in the matter and allow their truckloads of sheep to move towards Srinagar, the dealers said the stoppage has already left the dealers in debt and if their supplies are stopped for a few more days, they will not be able to pay the money to the dealers outside state for the further trade.

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