Motorbike crackdown hits home delivery businesses in IIOJK

Srinagar, October 23 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, various businesses, dealing in home delivery of products and services, have said the police drive to seize two-wheelers in the territory over the past three days has severely affected their operations.

The residents of the city have said that the middle class, lower-middle class and students have been badly affected by the police drive and many have decided to keep their two-wheelers parked at their homes.

“Our operations continue to be at halt due to incessant seizing of our delivery bikes in the city,” tweeted Samiullah, the co-founder of Fastbeetle – a startup which deals in the last mile delivery of products.

In a series of tweets, he said just when the businesses in Kashmir were trying to recover from the losses caused in the aftermath of the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status and the COVID-19 pandemic, the authorities were crushing the business community.

“More than 500 delivery executives are making their livelihoods from delivery jobs in Kashmir, where would they go now?” he asked. “Amid this grim situation, we’re trying our best to deliver our services howsoever possible. But, our operations have been affected badly due to the continuous seizing of two wheelers,” he added.

Mohammad Aslam, who is into courier business, said the parcels purchased online by residents of Srinagar are piling up in godowns as delivery executives are not able to move around freely. “If the situation continues like this for few days more, big e-commerce companies will stop taking online orders from the affected pin codes,” he added.