Delhi traders eye I-cards to keep off 'anti-socials'
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Delhi traders eye I-cards to keep off 'anti-socials'

Traders feel I-cards would differentiate them from anti-social elements, who are trying to take advantage.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2006 15:18 IST

Trader leaders on Thursday said they would issue identity cards and badges to over 100,000 businessmen in the national capital to differentiate between "traders and anti-social elements".

"None of the three people who died, or those injured and arrested in Wednesday's violence in Seelampur locality was a trader," said Praveen Khandelwal, president of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). "We presume that some anti-social elements want to bring disrepute to the traders' community by instigating violence."

"We are going to provide identity cards and badges to over 100,000 traders. The I-cards will have the full address and photograph of the trader as well as details of the business carried out by the person. This will help in easy identification and in separating them from the non-traders," Khandelwal said.

Trade associations are holding a meeting later on Thursday to discuss several issues, including the proposed identity cards and on the involvement of suspected miscreants in the Seelampur violence during the clash between traders and police.

CAIT is leading nearly 500 trade bodies in the capital to protest the ongoing sealing drive against illegal commercial establishment operating from residential areas.

"It's a traders' movement and should remain as it is. We do not want others to join us and wish that anti-socials should not take benefit of the situation."

"Though Seelampur is not a trading hub and no sealing drive was carried out in that locality on Wednesday, a bloody violence erupted and led to loss of lives. This is a very unfortunate turn of events and certainly beyond our comprehension," he added.

Traders have demanded a high-level enquiry into the violence to find out the main culprits behind the violence. Apart from Seelampur, no other area witnessed violence on Wednesday.

"Whether it was the police, anti-social elements or traders behind the violence should be known. Except for that locality, all other places had peaceful protests. We think some people are trying to breach peace," said another trade leader.

Meanwhile, all the trade bodies are holding a 'Maha Panchayat' (mega meeting) on Sunday to decide their future course of action.

"We are going to hold a Maha Panchayat on Sunday but till then we shall continue to hold protest marches in the capital," Khandelwal said, adding that traders in South Extension and Rohini were on strike on Thursday.

First Published: Sep 21, 2006 15:18 IST