As the Supreme Court-ordered sealing drive entered the second day on Thursday, targeting 62 high-profile commercial establishments in south Delhi, traders announced a 24-hour bandh for Friday.
Ramesh Khanna, vice-president, Confederation of All India Traders, said: "We are calling for a bandh to protest against the repressive policies of the government and the unjust treatment meted out to the trade leaders." Traders will march in a procession from Town Hall to the Vidhan Sabha.
In the NDMC area, however, most markets — Connaught Place, Khan Market, Sarojini Nagar and Janpath — have refused to join the strike.
Usha Ram, chairperson, National Progressive Schools Conference, said schools would be open.
On Thursday, MCD officials targeted the 'big fish' in Lajpat Nagar III and IV. Among the hi-profile establishments sealed during the drive were Haldiram's restaurant, Nirmal Furnishing store, Huzooria House, Sun Village Inn, International Inn, IGP Mall, Jagdish Stores and Pind Balluchi resaurant. At Sarvodaya Enclave, the community centre was sealed as the MCD team found evidence of commercial activities there.
The majority of the traders whose shops were sealed had earlier submitted affidavits to the Supreme Court, undertaking to close down by June 30.
The MCD squad faced no protest as there was a heavy presence of personnel of Delhi Police and paramilitary forces like the Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force.
Congress municipal councillors, meanwhile, continued to put in their papers - till Wednesday evening 78 of them had given their resignation letters to Jitender Kochhar, leader of the MCD House. "I will take a decision on these resignation letters soon," said Kochhar.