‘Azadi’ written on apples from Kashmir; fruit sellers threaten boycott

The fruit sellers opened the apple boxes purchased from the wholesale market here only to find the messages written on the apples with black marker.

Kashmir apples with messages like ‘We want freedom’, ‘I luv Burhan Wani’ and ‘Zakir Musa come back’ written on them were found in boxes bought by fruit sellers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, prompting police to probe the matter.

The fruit sellers on Wednesday threatened to boycott apples from Kashmir if the government fails to take action as people are refusing to purchase them due to these messages.

Led by the president of Kathua wholesale market Rohit Gupta, fruit sellers here held protests and raised anti-Pakistan and anti-terrorist slogans.

“The boxes were from Kashmir and the messages were written in English and Urdu,” Gupta said.

He demanded that the government and police take strict action against those behind this.

Police meanwhile have launched a probe and met all fruit sellers in this regard.

“We have started investigation into it,” Dy SP Majid said.

The apples also had messages like ‘Go back India-Go back India’, ‘Mere Jaan Imran Khan’  and ‘Pakistan-Pakistan’.