UPSET OVER the police failure to trace Neeraj Agrawal who was kidnapped last Saturday, majority traders and their organisations have decided to observe Allahabad bandh on Thursday. Though the move had been decided earlier but the same was reiterated today at a meeting of office-bearers of several trading and business organisations in the city. Convenor of Vyapari Sangharsh Samiti Amar Vaish alias Munna Bhayya said in a statement that businessmen of the city had decided to assemble on Thursday where they will be addressed by senior BJP leader Kesari Nath Tripathi and president of Akhil Bhartiya Vaish Ekta Parishad Dr Sumant Gupta. Later they will go to the DM to hand over a memorandum.
President of UP Sangharsh Morcha Santosh Panama and general secretary of Wholesale Cloth Vyapar Mandal Santosh Mittal said the business community was living under fear of threat for extortion and kidnapping. Most of the cases of loot and harassment of members of the business community had remained unsolved.
This had led to a feeling of insecurity amongst the traders who were afraid to venture out of their houses. This fear was having a bad effect on the business activity in the town. The business organisations that have decided to observe the bandh include Prayag Vyapar Mandal, Johnstonganj Vyapar Mandal, Civil Lines Vyapar Mandal, Electric Association, Merchant Association, Allahabad Distributers Association, Khalifa Mandi Vyapar Mandal, Khoya Vyapar mandal, Zero Road Vyapar Mandal, and others.