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Traders' strike: Help of religious leaders sought

With traders' strike beginning from tomorrow, help of religious leaders is sought to avoid any untoward incident.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 18:34 IST

With over 3.5 million people expected to take part in the 72-hour-long traders' strike starting on Monday in the national capital against the sealing drive, police have sought the help of religious leaders to avoid any untoward incident.

"We have asked religious leaders to help us in controlling the crowds if any untoward incident takes place," said Devesh Srivastava, deputy commissioner of police, northeast Delhi.

Four people were killed in police firing in northeast Delhi when a violent mob allegedly attacked policemen during a traders' strike earlier this month. Srivastava was also injured in the attack.

"We do not want any violent incident to take place," he said, adding discussions were on with the traders so that "outsiders" are not allowed to participate in the strike.

"Some outsiders attacked the police last time and we do not want a similar thing to happen this time."

Deputy Commissioner of Police Sunil Garg said special security would be put in place in Chandni Chowk, Paharganj and Sadar Bazaar areas where there are a number of market associations.

Meanwhile, traders maintained their protest would be peaceful.

"We will be out with our family and staff members but our protest will be peaceful," said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of Confederation of All Indian Traders (CAIT).

Nearly 500 traders' associations in the Capital have extended their support to the strike.

"Around 3.5 million people, including 700,000 traders, are expected to take part in the strike," said Khandelwal.

He said market associations of Karol Bagh, Connaught Place, Khan Market, Greater Kailash, South Extension, Jail Road, Rohini and Patel Nagar have extended their support.

First Published: Oct 29, 2006 18:34 IST