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

DNA (Delhi) - - Delhi - Ro­han Agrawal cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

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’.

—AMAR­JEET SINGH/DNA

Traders have de­cided to come on roads if their shops are not de-sealed

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