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Delhi Traders Launch 2-Day 'Bandh' In Protest Of Sealing Drive

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| February 2 , 2018 , 11:04 IST

Around 10 days after the previous 'Delhi Bandh' in protest of the sealing drive taking place in the national capital, traders have once again called for a shutdown of shops, this time for a 2-day bandh, starting from Friday.

The Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) on Wednesday alleged that the sealing drive, initiated by a Supreme Court appointed monitoring committee and BJP-led civic bodies is causing an atmosphere of fear and panic among the traders and market associations.

“There is a lot of anger among the traders against the attitude of the municipal officials on sealing. Traders have decided that the authorities will not be affected by a day or two of closure, and it has to be long enough for some action to be initiated in our favour,” said CTI convenor Brijesh Goel.

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Around 750 market associations are supporting the 48-hour bandh, Goel said, during which markets in Delhi will remain shut protesting against the municipalities.

“We do not want to cause any inconvenience to the people of Delhi but we have tried everything to open the eyes of the agencies to our plight and only a move as severe as this will probably awaken them,” Goel added.

Famous markets including Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Chawri Bazar, Khari Baoli, Bhagirath Place, Naya Bazar, Connaught Place and Lajpat Rai market will be affected by the 2-day bandh.

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Protest marches will also be conducted by the traders, with the protestors gathering at the Town Hall in Old Delhi on Friday and at Sadar Bazar on Saturday. The traders will be gathering at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat on the last day of the bandh on Sunday.

The sealing is taking place on establishments that are located in residential areas but have not paid the mandatory 'conversion charges' to use the residential property for commercial ventures.