Proponent of trans-LoC trade dies

8 August 2009
The News International
Correspondent

Mirpur: A leading businessman and President of Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ram Sahai, died due to bullet injury at his office in Jammu city of Indian occupied Kashmir late Wednesday, says a report reaching here late Thursday from across the line of control. A senior police officer in Jammu, quoting circumstantial evidence and recovery of suicide note, said that it was most likely a case of suicide. He, however, did not rule out foul play, saying that police are working on all possible angles including suicide. The suicide note has been recovered from the dustbin of his office late in the evening, the officer claimed. The business community of Jammu does not believe the theory of suicide for Sahai was a dauntless person, the report said. The report continued that Ram Sahai, a renowned personality in business circles, was also popular in Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir as he had led several trade delegations to these states. Sahai played a very important role in commencing cross-LoC trade with Azad Jammu and Kashmir via Chakothi through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route and Chakkan-Da-Bagh, Poonch-Rawalakot route. Sahai was found dead in his office situated at the first floor of the Chamber House at Rail Head Complex with bullet injury at the right temple at 2 pm. He was shifted to the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. AJK trade leaders eulogise Sahai: Former President of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Mohammad Saeed and President of Federation of Jammu & Kashmir Chambers of Commerce & Industry Zulfiqar Abbasi have expressed condolence over the demise of Ram Sahai, one of the authors and staunch supporter of cross-LoC trade. Talking to The News, the AJK business leaders said Sahai performed an active role in encouraging, launching and promoting trade between occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The AJK business community leaders said that Sahai was also popular in Pakistan and AJK as he had led several trade delegations to encourage intra-Kashmir trade. A leading businessman and President of Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ram Sahai, died due to bullet injury at his office in Jammu city of Indian occupied Kashmir late Wednesday, says a report reaching here late Thursday from across the line of control. A senior police officer in Jammu, quoting circumstantial evidence and recovery of suicide note, said that it was most likely a case of suicide. He, however, did not rule out foul play, saying that police are working on all possible angles including suicide. The suicide note has been recovered from the dustbin of his office late in the evening, the officer claimed. The business community of Jammu does not believe the theory of suicide for Sahai was a dauntless person, the report said. The report continued that Ram Sahai, a renowned personality in business circles, was also popular in Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir as he had led several trade delegations to these states. Sahai played a very important role in commencing cross-LoC trade with Azad Jammu and Kashmir via Chakothi through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route and Chakkan-Da-Bagh, Poonch-Rawalakot route. Sahai was found dead in his office situated at the first floor of the Chamber House at Rail Head Complex with bullet injury at the right temple at 2 pm. He was shifted to the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. AJK trade leaders eulogise Sahai Former President of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Mohammad Saeed and President of Federation of Jammu & Kashmir Chambers of Commerce & Industry Zulfiqar Abbasi have expressed condolence over the demise of Ram Sahai, one of the authors and staunch supporter of cross-LoC trade. Talking to The News, the AJK business leaders said Sahai performed an active role in encouraging, launching and promoting trade between occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The AJK business community leaders said that Sahai was also popular in Pakistan and AJK as he had led several trade delegations to encourage intra-Kashmir trade.