Taxi drivers protest unnecessary seizure of suspected vehicles
Posted on Dec 25 2021 | Author Aatif Qayoom
Srinagar, December 24: A group of taxi drivers from various parts of Kashmir staged a protest demonstration here at the press enclave on Friday “alleging that their vehicles are being seized by traffic police for no reason.”
Taxi drivers appeared in the press colony and chanted slogans against the seizure of their vehicles.
Protesting drivers said only taxi drivers are fined and seized by traffic police, while other vehicles, including minibuses and STRC buses, are freely allowed.
A driver requested anonymity and said: “Despite the enormous losses suffered during the COVID shutdowns, we are needlessly harassed.”
The protesting drivers said they had to pay a huge sum of money to have their vehicles released from court.
The demonstrating driver alleged that despite all legal documents, their vehicles are seized without giving any valid reasons.
Sajad Ahmad, a driver who drives his taxi to the Nishat route, said he picked up his taxi two days ago and was arrested again by traffic police today without quote for valid reason.
“My vehicle is my only source of income and if this harassment continues, how can I feed my family,” asks Ahmad.
The protesting drivers urged authorities to order the relevant department not to unnecessarily seize their vehicles.
Meanwhile, officials from the Traffic Department have said they are avoiding traffic jams in the city and in accordance with High Court orders, such measures are being implemented.
Officials disputed the claims of the protesting drivers, saying the High Court has already banned the entry of taxis into the city of Srinagar. “Taxi drivers entering urban areas are violating court orders, which we cannot allow,” officials said.