Sealing drive: Traders call for bandh
Traders from posh market areas like Connaught Place to Asia’s largest marketplace Sadar, will be keeping their shops shut to register their protest
With over a hundred last rites processions (shavyatra) of the sealing drive scheduled, traders from across the Capital have decided to go ahead with the proposed ‘Bandh’ on Tuesday. Traders from posh market areas like Connaught Place to Asia’s largest marketplace Sadar, will be keeping their shops shut to register their protest against the ongoing sealing.
The traders called for the Bandh after the lathicharge in Old Double Story area, resulting in severe injuries to a trader. “Not even a single shop owner will open his shop in Delhi- NCR on Tuesday, every corner of the Capital will remain shut,” said Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).
Over a hundred shops were sealed and a trader left severely injured after he was hit during lathicharge by the police in Old Double Story area. The traders in the area have decided to come on roads if their shops are not de-sealed and the sealing is not stopped. “All this is the sheer example of how the monarchy works, the traders are being ripped of their income sources even when we, the residents, have zero issues with the market running in the colony. We will go on a hunger strike and this sealing has to stop,” said Kendra Prakash Sharma, president, Resident Welfare Association, Old Double Story.
The traders have been demanding some relief from the sealing drive, which has yielded zero results for them as of now. “We have planned over a hundred last rite processions of the sealing on Tuesday, as the sealed premises were not less then our family, and if necessary, we are ready to travel miles like farmers in Maharashtra did,” said Vijay Jain, general secretary, All India Traders Association.
The traders have been asking for a bill in Parliament to stop the ongoing sealing after the Supreme Court ordered sealing of shops for ‘misuse of premises’.
Traders have decided to come on roads if their shops are not de-sealed