Protesting against frequent forced shutdowns of their businesses, shopkeepers at a local market at Peerbagh in Budgham district of Central Kashmir, chased separatists away with stones.
Peerbagh has been the scene of violent protests during the last few weeks and shopkeepers were reportedly incensed that their business was suffering as a result of frequent calls to shut shop.
After chasing the separatists away, the shopkeepers marched to the police station and filed an FIR against 10 people of neighbouring Nabir Gund village holding them responsible for disturbing peace in Peerbagh.The policemen at Peergarh during the clash did not intervene as they felt they were outnumbered.
Similar incidents of public anger against separatists have been reported from other parts of the valley also. In Meehama Pulwama in South Kashmir three days ago, locals beat up four men trying to enforce a strike in the area.
In Ompura of central Kashmir, there have been angry exchanges between traders and protesters who were forcing people to shut their shops.
The frequent shutdowns enforced by separatists have hit economic activity in Kashmir. Many people have been seen selling off their belongings at distress rates.