No shops closed at Panthachowk except dozen or more mechanical/ scrap ones: Police

Srinagar, Jun 29: Police on Wednesday said that no shops except a “dozen or more” mechanical and scrap shops inside yatra camp campus are closed in Panthachowk area of Srinagar.

“Clarification: There is story going in certain groups that shops are closed in Panthachowk, it is clarified that all shops are completely open in whole of Srinagar district including in Panthachowk, except about a dozen or more mechanical/scrap shops inside yatra camp campus,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

“These shops owners were asked to get verification done and operate the shops, but instead of doing this they opted to protest under influence of some vested interests,” the police said, adding, “Media houses are kindly requested to get confirmation from Administration before doing sweeping stories on such sensitive matters during yatra period which can be used by subversive elements to peddle fake narratives: SSP Srinagar”.

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