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Traders threaten to court arrest

THE TRADERS of Vivekanand Marg area have threatened to court arrest and organise Allahabad Bandh in case any action is taken against them on the basis of the FIR lodged by the assistant municipal commissioner. They have also demanded to withdraw the FIR against 13 traders.
None | By HT Correspondent, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2006 12:16 AM IST

THE TRADERS of Vivekanand Marg area have threatened to court arrest and organise Allahabad Bandh in case any action is taken against them on the basis of the FIR lodged by the assistant municipal commissioner. They have also demanded to withdraw the FIR against 13 traders.

The Vivekanand Marg Vyapar Mandal would also complain to the chief minister against the harassment of traders by the Nagar Nigam’s anti -encroachment cell, said president Rajiv Nayyar.  Nayyar told presspersons today that on May 15, the NN’s anti-encroachment team, led by the assistant municipal commissioner reached the Vivekanand Marg and started removing encroachments. The team also seized the parcels of electronic goods of RS Agarwala and Sons which were lying outside the showroom and started throwing them on the truck.

This led to tension between the traders and the assistant municipal commissioner.  The matter was later sorted out peacefully on the assurance of circle officer Rajesh Chaurasia, he said. “But the next day we were shocked to find out that the NN had lodged an FIR in the Kotwali against four traders. We complained to the DM but we received only empty assurances. Four days back we came to know that an FIR had again been lodged against nine more traders on false charges. All this was done with the motive to harass the traders,” he added.

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