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Delhi traders call for bandh on Tuesday
November 06, 2006 20:08 IST
Last Updated: November 06, 2006 21:20 IST
On Monday, traders in the national capital called a 24-hour bandh on Tuesday to protest resumption of the sealing drive.
"We have called for a traders' bandh in the capital on Tuesday to protest against the resumption of sealing drive," Ramesh Khanna, vice president, Confederation of All India Traders told PTI.
He said the traders body has asked the shopkeepers to protest 'peacefully' in their areas by organising marches and dharnas.
All schools in the capital are to remain closed for two days from Tuesday in view of sealing issue.
This is the fourth bandh call by the traders to protest the drive against unauthorised commercial establishments in residential areas.
The CIAT had earlier orgainsed two one-day strikes on May 11 and September 20, while a three-day bandh from October 30 was the previous one.
The September 20 bandh had witnessed largescale violence across the city and five people lost their lives in north east Delhi's Seelampur in police firing.
"The government is fully aware of the humanitarian aspects involved and we hope it will take an appropriate decision, including a constitutional amendment," Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of CAIT said.
"A constitutional amendment is the only way to save the traders from the clutches of sealing," he added.
Refusing to provide any relief to traders running unauthorised business establishments in residential areas, the Supreme Court dismissed applications of the Centre, Delhi government and Municipal Corporation of Delhi and asked the authorities to resume the sealing drive.
Around 2,000 armed paramilitary personnel and the entire Delhi Police will be out on the streets of the capital on Tuesday.
Police have made elaborate security arrangements to patrol markets, crowded places and all sensitive areas to keep the situation from going out of control even as traders said they will stage demonstrations against the court order.
Thousands of police, paramilitary and Rapid Action Force personnel will be stationed across the capital to check rioting and violence, as was witnessed during similar earlier protests by traders, sources said.
Several areas in north-east, north-west, west and east Delhi have been identified as trouble spots and extra forces will be deployed in such localities as police will be on an extra alert on Tuesday, sources said.
Delhi Police has also renewed their appeal to the people to maintain law and order and desist from damaging public property, especially various modes of transport like Metro and passenger buses.
In an unusual exercise, police also summoned hundreds of 'bad characters and history-sheeters' and warned them against joining demonstrations to be staged by traders, an apparent move to check mischief-makers from fishing in troubled waters.