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Shops in Delhi down shutters against sealing

All major markets in the national capital remained closed today as thousands of traders observed a 'Delhi bandh.'

india Updated: May 11, 2006 23:06 IST

All major markets in the national capital remained closed on Thursday as thousands of traders observed a 'Delhi bandh' demanding regularisation of shops and offices operating in residential areas.

Responding to the shutdown call given by various trade bodies, shops in Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, Moti Nagar, Patel Nagar, Rajendra Nagar, Naraina, Rohini remained closed.

Other markets like Pitampura, Paharganj, Green Park, Shahdara, Nehru Place, Hauz Khas, Uttam Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Gandhi Nagar Patparganj, Connaught Place and Chandni Chowk also downed their shutters.

The bandh call has been given by among others the Confederation of All India Traders, Delhi Traders Sangharsh Morcha, Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh, Federation of Delhi Trade Associations, Federation of South Delhi and New Delhi Traders.

Hundreds of traders also gathered at Jantar Mantar, taking out a 'Sangharsh rally', which also saw the presence of BJP leaders, including VK Malhotra, Sushma Swaraj and Harsh Vardhan, to protest the ongoing demolition and sealing drives.

"We want the Government to introduce a Bill in the current session of Parliament to regularise all commercial establishments in residential areas," Secretary General of Confederation of All India Traders Praveen Khandelwal said.

"The bandh is called to protect and safeguard the interest and identity of traders, who have been made scapegoats to hide the inefficiency of the MCD and the Delhi Government," he added.

First Published: May 11, 2006 23:06 IST