Jammu & Kashmir

Sarore toll plaza: Transporters observe ‘chaka jam’ in Jammu

Yuva Rajput Sabha members protest at Sarore toll plaza on Jammu-Pathankot highway. Section 144 was later imposed after protesting men vandalised the property.

Jammu: The All Jammu and Kashmir Transport Welfare Association (AJKTWA) is organizing a ‘chakka jam’ protest in Jammu on Friday.

They are staging this demonstration to emphasize their demand for the removal of the recently established Sarore toll plaza, situated along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in the Samba district.

A day-long bandh was observed on the issue last Saturday on a call given by the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (JCCI) and was supported by several political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Congress, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, AJKTWA chairman Ajit Singh said, “We are announcing a chakka jam tomorrow. The Jammu Bar Association and the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries are extending support to us. A coordination committee has been formed for a unified response.” He said all transport associations and other organisations will assemble at Bhagwati Nagar Chowk in Jammu city for the ‘chakka jam’.

Twenty-six Yuva Rajput Sabha (YRS) members were arrested on August 21 during protests over the issue for violating restrictions imposed around the Sarore toll plaza. They were released on August 27.

According to the YRS, the toll plaza should be removed as the locals have to unnecessarily pay toll tax.

The hunger strike of YRS members and civil society members entered the eighth day on Thursday. Four members have been hospitalised after their health deteriorated.

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