Anti-sealing protesters turn violent, lathicharged

Roads have been blocked and buses are being stoned in several parts of Delhi.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 12:51 IST

Police lathicharged traders in an effort to clear a major roadblock in east Delhi as they took to the streets of Delhi in large numbers, blocking important intersections and causing traffic chaos on Wednesday, the final day of their three-day bandh against sealing.

Affecting health services in the city, private medical practitioners and nursing homes in the capital joined the trade bandh.

Delhi Medical Association (DMA) President KK Kapoor, however, said emergency services will continue to be operational.

Turning out in huge numbers, traders and BJP activists staged a huge demonstration at anintersection in East Delhi, creating a massive traffic jam.

The agitators punctured the tyres of a few buses, that added to the traffic chaos.

Raising anti-government slogans, the protestors set on fire tyres and also pelted stones on the police personnel.

In an effort to clear the major roadblock, police lathicharged the protestors.

The morning rush hour traffic was also thrown out of gear in Malviya Nagar in south Delhi as the protesting traders took out a rally.

Most of the major markets, meanwhile, continued to remain shut.

In Seelampur, the strikers blocked railway tracks as well.

With the Supreme Court monitoring committee asking the civic body to resume the action against shops running illegally in residential areas from Thursday, the traders are meeting later today to decide their future course of action.

The traders had earlier threatened that they could go on an indefinite strike if the government failed to bring the sealing drive to a halt.

First Published: Nov 01, 2006 11:22 IST