An urgent meeting was convened at the Chamber House today wherein all the Bazar, Trade, Transport and Industrial Associations were invited to give view point on the NIT row. The President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Rakesh Gupta brought it to the notice of all those present, the steps taken towards getting justice for the nationalist students who had faced atrocities of the Police force inside the NIT Campus. The Chamber President expressed deep anguish that the demands put forth few days back, before the government through the media were not met with.
After hearing to the various heads of the associations it was unanimously decided that the Dy. Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh alongwith the local Administration should be invited to Chamber House for an open discussion in presence of Media Persons and they be asked to justify their action against the innocent students of NIT and why the demands of the Chamber to take action against the Police officers and the Police personal involved in the action for using excessive force inside the campus & action against the administration of NIT for not acting against the anti-national miscreants on the very first day when they raised anti-India slogan and permanent stationing of CRPF inside the NIT Campus for the safety of the Students under the prevailing circumstances were not accepted till date.
It was further decided that if the Dy. Chief Minister does not respond to this open invitation, the Chamber shall have no option but to call for Jammu Bandh which may also force the Chamber to call for an indefinite Jammu Bandh.
It was also deliberated that such action of few handful anti-nationals in the Kashmir Valley can jeopardize the security of thousands of students from the state of Jammu & Kashmir studying in other parts of India and also the businessmen from the state may face wrath all over India which may result in huge losses to the business for which separatists forces and anti-nationals shall be solely responsible. At the same time the people of J&K should not expect any sympathetic attitude in the rest of India if we have acted in the manner the nationalist students have been tortured and threatened which was a great concern to Chamber of Commerce & Industry which also feared total cancellation of bookings in the upcoming tourist season to the valley.
The Office bearers of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sh. Sham Lal Langer, Sr. Vice President, Sh. Deepak Aggarwal, Jr. Vice President, Sh. Arun Gupta, Secretary General, Sh. Rahul Mahajan, Secretary, Sh. Ashu Gupta, Treasurer were present in the meeting
The heads and the representatives of Shiva Market Railway Station, Kanak Mandi Traders Association, Jammu Distributors Association, Traders Federation Warehouse, Rajinder Bazar Businessmen Association, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar Association, Jammu General Financer Association, Jain Bazar Traders Association, Upper Gumat Bazar Association, Bus Stand Traders Association, HAri Market Traders Association, Moti Bazar Businessmen Association, Shopkeepers Association, Bus Stand, Jammu Wine Traders Association, Parade Motor Parts Dealers Association, Parade Road Businessmen Association, Jammu Photographers Union, Wholesale food grain dealers Association, Jammu Computer Dealers Association, Hardware Paint & Sanitary Dealers Association, Jammu Opticians Dealers Association Motor Part Dealers Association, Transport Nagar, Jammu Pharmaceutical Dealers Association, Below Gumat Municiapl Market Traders Association, Wholesale Sugar Merchant Association, Wholesale Federation of Cigarette, Biri, Match and Tobacco product, Halwai Association, Dal Merchant Association, Sarafa Association, Association of Jammu Travel Agent, General Merchant Association, Jammu Printers Association, Wholesale Shoe Merchant Association, Whole Sale Cloth Merchant Association, Transporters Association, Raghunath Bazar Businessmen Association, All Jammu Hotels & Lodges Association, Jammu Fruit Association, Apsara Road Gandhi Nagar Traders Association, Secretariat Road/ Kachi Chawni Businessmen Association, Vir Marg Traders Association, Shalamar Businessmen Association, Old Hospital Traders Association, Industrial Association Baribrahmana, Association of Industries Gangyal and othes were present in the meeting.