Traders have been observing a nationwide shutdown today mourning the death of CRPF jawans in deadly terror strike at Pulwama, last week, so that to express solidarity with the families of securiy personnel martyred in the attack.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has given a call in this regard. It said that commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity. In Delhi, all wholesale and retail markets will observe bandh.
CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said during the bandh traders would observe a daylong fast and take out a tribute march in their respective states. He said the body is planning to organise substantial financial assistance which will be directly given by traders to the families of martyrs.
Traders in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, J&K and other states are also participating in the trade bandh.
“In the wake of China supporting Pakistan, the CAIT has decided to launch a national campaign to boycott Chinese goods,” the traders’ body said. It said the Bharat Trade Bandh across the country will be peaceful and only business establishments will remain closed. Essential items and public transport have been kept out of bandh.
In Delhi prominent markets including Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, Kashmiri Gate, Chawri Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Kamla Nagar, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar, Shahdara and Gandhi Nagar are closed.