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Livelihood issue:Goldsmiths taking out a rally in Nizamabad on Thursday.
Livelihood issue:Goldsmiths taking out a rally in Nizamabad on Thursday.

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Accuse counterparts from W. Bengal of cheating people

NIZAMABAD: Goldsmiths of the town are up in arms against their counterparts from West Bengal alleging that the latter were cheating the people by offering to make jewellery at lower rates.

In a memorandum submitted to Collector D. Vara Prasad, here on Thursday, they accused the goldsmiths from West Bengal of taking people for a ride by promising to manufacture ornaments with pure gold at cheaper rates. “Consequently, we the native goldsmiths are losing our livelihood”, said Kasoju Srinivasa Chary, president of the City Swarnakara Sangham.

He said sometime ago one Bengali jewellery worker Baroon fled with 800 grams gold worth about Rs.10 lakhs from the town. Similarly, two other workers -- Vikramjith and Pasanjith -- also decamped with jewellery valuing Rs.5 lakhs. “Therefore, we appeal to the administration to take action to send back the Bengali ornament makers and protect our livelihood,” he said.

Mr. Chary said they also brought to the notice of the Collector that they suspected that there were a couple of goldsmiths from Bangladesh too. Earlier, the local goldsmiths took out a rally.


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