The Dinanagar terrorist attack has cast its shadow on trading and commercial activities in Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Dinanagar, with people from nearby areas and villages avoiding to visit these business towns.
Shopkeepers too are in hurry to shut down their establishments as the sun sets, while outsiders visiting theses towns return bit early to reach their destinations safe and well in time.
Pathankot, which witnesses footfall of customers and traders from neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, has seen at least 30% slump in business activities. Same is the case with traders in Gurdaspur and Dinanagar, who also peg the decline in trade at 30%.
Chand Arora, who runs a grocery shop in Dinanagar, claimed: “Earlier, I used to be busy till late in the evening, but now I get free by 6pm as customers from Bamyal, Narot Jaimal Singh and other border villages return to their houses before the sunset. The terror attack has affected our trade.”
Ram Kumar, a stationary shop owner in Gurdaspur, also claimed that he had seen a decline in his business since the terror attack. “We are hoping that normalcy will return soon and so will our good days as police are working hard,” said Ram Kumar.
Ajay Mahajan, a chemist shop owner in Sujanpur, said, “I am surprised to see a decline in medicines’ business, which is the second most sought after article after food. Perhaps, patients coming from HP and J&K have stopped coming here.”
Meanwhile, Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal asked people to rest assured about their safety. “I will ask locals to be alert and coordinate with police, which is the only way for the safety of all,” he added.