Lucknow: Angry over big retailers taking away their jobs, local traders led by an opposition lawmaker on Wednesday smashed window panes and ransacked stores of Reliance Fresh and Spencer’s here.

Groups led by Samajwadi Party MP and traders’ leader Banwarilal Kanchal also roughed up customers at these stores at Alambagh and Naka. Police rushed to the spot but made no arrests. Incidentally, the Reliance Fresh store that was attacked was one among ten that the company inaugurated here on Wednesday.

When contacted, a Reliance Retail spokesperson declined to comment. Mr. Kanchal said the entry of big corporate houses would result in wiping out of small retailers.- PTI