Jammu, August 20: All Jammu and Kashmir Drivers and Conductors Union has called for an indefinite strike immediately stopping all oil supply to the Valley from today.
Consequently, there shall be no oil supply to Kashmir valley unless government provides a security cover in valley where the drivers and conductors claim that the unrest has become life threatening for drivers and tanker owners alike.
The strike was announced by Kharudin Wani, President, All Jammu and Kashmir Drivers and Conductors Union.
Anan Sharma, President, All Jammu and Kashmir Tankers Owners Association told U4UVoice that during this turmoil oil tankers have become frequent targets of protesters in the valley. Pointing out the recent attacks, Sharma said that in the distance between Bijbehara to Awantipora 55 tankers were damaged in the two days.
Tankers Stopped, Drivers & Conductors Thrashed
Sharma further said that on Friday night, 14 tankers and 10 trucks were damaged in Awantipora where the tankers’ tyres were punctured and drivers were beaten with rods. He also reiterated the previous accounts where gun-toting men had threatened drivers to not come back to Kashmir.
Sharma added, “There will be no diesel, petrol and kerosene supply to Kashmir unless the government provides protection.”
Surinder Singh, Secretary, All Jammu and Kashmir Drivers and Conductors Union also alleged that some of their drivers and conductors were beaten during the daytime itself in South Kashmir and had to be admitted in hospital.
We do not want to get killed: Drivers
Anan Sharma, “Our drivers are scared to death and do not want to be killed or injured in Kashmir valley, oil supply will be stopped to Kashmir and only only Ladakh and Jammu oil supply will continue.”
Around 1,800 petrol tankers ply in Jammu and Kashmir supplying oil to all three regions of the state. Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum supply around 300 tankers daily to Kashmir valley and Ladakh regions only.
The main depots of all three companies are in Jammu at the Railway Station area the supply to all regions starts from Jammu.