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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Assault on trader: Fazilka Beopar Mandal on strike tomorrow


Assault on trader: Fazilka Beopar Mandal on strike tomorrow

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Fazilka, September 9

The Beopar Mandal, Fazilka, has decided to observe an indefinite strike from Wednesday onwards against the alleged assault on a trader during Saturday’s bandh call, given by the Valmiki community, and non acceptance of their demands. The decision was taken in a meeting of Beopar Mandal held here today, attended by representatives of about five dozen unions.

The meeting was chaired by Mandal president Ashok Gulbadhar. While talking to The Tribune, Gulbadhar said the protesters pelted traders with stones, resulting in injury to a grocery show owner Sunil Parnami. The assault was made in presence of police officials, including city police station SHO. A grocery shop, owned by Prem Kumar Madaan, was ransacked by the protesters.

The Beopar Mandal had demanded that an FIR be registered against the accused, the SHO be suspended and the Mandal be taken into confidence before announcing a bandh in the future. Gulbadhar rued that none of the demands had been accepted by the administration so far.

Traders were always made the scapegoat, he claimed. “Who made the serial, who telecast it, what were the contents in the serial — but the traders were not responsible for any of the act. Why are they forced to close their shops, causing financial losses,” Gulbadhar questioned.

On the other hand, Dalit Samaj members also held a meeting at the local Valmiki temple on Sunday night and alleged that a shopkeeper had used caste slur against their members. They have demanded action against the shopkeeper. The members warned to observe a state-level strike if their demand was not accepted.

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