Wholesale and retail traders of pharmaceuticals observed a complete bandh here in Varanasi on Tuesday in protest against Monday’s lathicharge ontraders who were protesting opening of a medicine shop at Sir Sunderlal Hospital on BHU campus.
Around 2,000 wholesale and retail medicine shops at Saptsagar Mandi, Bulanala Mandi, Malviya Market, Lanka Market and Kabir Chaura etc. area remained closed. Members of Chemists and Druggists Welfare Association, Chemists and Druggists Association, Kashi Aushadhi Vyapar Mandal, Lanka Dava Vyavsayi Sangh participated in the bandh today.
A large number of patients admitted at various government hospitals such as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Shiv Prasad Gupta Divisional Hospital, Mata Ananadmayi Hospital, Vivekanand Hospital and Public Welfare Hospital suffered inconvienience due to the closure of medical shops in the city.
Pharmaceutical traders held a meeting at Godowlia crossing and said around 10,000 people would be left unemployed due to the opening of the medicine shop in BHU Hospital. The speakers demanded from the BHU administration to cancel the licence of the medicine shop.
Meanwhile, activists of Samajwadi Party torched the effigy of BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof Panjab Singh at the Main Gate of BHU in protest against the Monday’s lathicharge over pharmaceuticals traders.