Kashmir apples bear slogans reach market; Kathua fruit sellers threaten boycott

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/17/2019 8:27:16 AM

JAMMU, Oct 16: The fruit sellers in Kathua on Wednesday threatened to boycott apples from Kashmir if the state administration failed to take action against those, who, they said “had written pro-Pakistan, pro-terrorism and anti-India slogans” on apples sent in boxes to the wholesale market.
The threat came after Kashmiri apples with messages, like “'We want freedom”, “I luv Burhan Wani” and “Zakir Musa come back” written on them, were found in boxes bought by fruit sellers in Kathua district, prompting police to probe the matter.
Following this, the fruit sellers threatened to boycott apples from Kashmir as people were refusing to purchase them due to these messages. Led by president of Kathua wholesale market Rohit Gupta, fruit sellers held protests and raised anti-Pakistan and anti-terrorist slogans. “The fruit sellers opened the apple boxes purchased from the wholesale market here only to find the messages written on the apples with black marker. The boxes were from Kashmir and the messages were written in English and Urdu,” Gupta said.
He demanded that the government and police should take strict action against those behind this. Police meanwhile have launched a probe and met all fruit sellers in this regard.
“We have started investigation into it,” Deputy SP Majid said. The apples also had messages like “'Go back India-Go back India”, “'Meri Jaan Imran Khan” and “Pakistan-Pakistan.”

 

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