November 2000 News

Steps to protect truckers

23 November 2000
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: Following the killing of five trUKdrivers on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway on TUSAay, a high-level team of the Union Home Ministry arrived in Jammu today to discUSA the security situation with the State Government. Headed by the Special Secretary, Mr. T. R. Kakkar, the team met the Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah. The killings, which came shortly after the ceasefire announcement by the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, was discussed with an emphasis on the protection of the minorities in general and the national highway in particular. It was decided that no traffic would be allowed on the highway after 6 p.m. Traffic movement would also not be allowed before the road opening party of the Army completed the sanitising exercise. Dr. Abdullah said that two more truck terminals would be constructed in Qazigund and Ramban to ensure that drivers were not stranded on the highway.


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