The Ghaziabad Traders' Association staged protests against the arrest of a trader and have threatened to call off Ramlilas in the city. Most business establishments also remained closed.
This was declared by Ghaziabad MP Surendra Prakash Goel and other leaders at the Ghaziabad court. Traders also blocked the Ghazibad-Hapur road for over an hour.
On Saturday, clashes broke out between a team of sales tax officials from Agra and steel traders of Ghaziabad, near West
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Joint Commissioner (sales tax) A.K. Rai lodged an FIR against the traders and sales tax officials had refused to work unless the traders were arrested.
Following the complaint, police had arrested Gopi Chand, a traders' association member, and produced him in court, which sent him to Dasna Jail.
The traders lodged a counter FIR and demanded the sales tax officials arrest, failing which they threatened to call a statewide agitation.
A heavy police force was present at Ghaziabd court to prevent escalation of the angry protests.