SRINAGAR: The business community in both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir today condemned the attack on a truck in Udhampur district on Friday which had left three persons injured, and demanded stern action against those behind it.
"We vehemently condemn the attacks on innocent truckers by politically-motivated goons and effective action should be taken by the government to curb them with a heavy hand," president Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rakesh Gupta told reporters here.
Gupta demanded that the government should immediately act and trace the "culprits and the disruptive elements" and punish them "before it is too late".
"We want very stringent action against the culprits and government should also identify the people or the agencies behind such acts," he said.
He said the "unabated politically motivated" attacks on truckers were bound to spell doom on all walks of life throughout the state unless curbed with a heavy hand.
He said both the Chambers will fight all such elements jointly who want to dilute the identity of Jammu and Kashmir.
Gupta said both the chambers have decided that periodical meetings will be held where issues of mutual interest will be deliberated and join action taken.
"We have to trust each other. Even as people behind such acts will not stop here, but we have to be together," he said.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) threatened of retaliation if any more of such attacks take place.
"We are not wearing bangles. If there is any such attack now, we will react accordingly," chairman KEA Showkat Chowdhary told reporters.
He said Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed should take action against the people behind the act and traders in Jammu should also make it clear whether they want business with Kashmiri traders or support RSS.
Three persons, including a policeman, received burn injuries when a Kashmir-bound truck was attacked with a petrol bomb in Udhampur district following which six persons have been arrested.
The truck was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu and was stationary near Shiv Nagar area as traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was stopped in view of the day-long strike called by various Hindu outfits following recovery of three carcasses of cows in the district.