Staff Reporter

Protest against frequent incidents of robbery

NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over frequent incidents of robbery in which businessmen are being targeted, the Confederation of All-India Traders on Monday observed a trade bandh in Sadar Bazar here and also organised a protest dharna outside Kucha Mahajani in Chandni Chowk from where the bullion trade in the Capital is controlled.

According to Confederation secretary-general Praveen Khandelwal, incidents of daylight robbery and assault on traders in the past few days, particularly the one in Najafgarh where a bullion trader was shot dead by some men on a motorcycle over the weekend, has sent a shock wave among the business community in Delhi.

Sense of insecurity

Mr. Khandelwal said repeated occurrence of such incidents showed that anti-social elements in the Capital were getting emboldened.

“Such unlawful activities need to be curbed in order to restore the confidence of the people and the business community. A sense of insecurity has gripped the traders who are finding it difficult to carry out their business smoothly,” he said.

The Confederation has decided to convene a meeting here on Tuesday in which all Delhi trade organisations and bullion traders will participate to discuss the law and order situation in the city.

The organisation has threatened to close down markets and come out on the streets if the situation does not improve in the next few days. The Confederation of All-India Traders has demanded that Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram immediately intervene in the matter.