The Confederation of All India Traders, CIAT, a trading body has called for a nationwide trade ‘bandh’ shutdown on February 18 to express solidarity with the families of security personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of at least 40 CRPF Personnel.
In a statement released by CIAT, it is stated that there will be no business activity and Commercial markets will be closed. In Delhi, all wholesale and retail markets will observe bandh on February 18. Traders in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, J&K, and other states will participate in the trade bandh on February 18.
CIAT, trade body, General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal said while talking to media said, ‘During the bandh traders would observe a day-long fast and take out a tribute march in their respective states. He added the body (CIAT-Trade Body) is planning to substantial financial assistance that will be directly given by traders to the families of martyrs.
The Trade body also announced to boycott the Chinese products in the wake of China supporting Pakistan on the issue. It further said the Bharat Trade Shutdown ‘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.
CIAT in the release also said that 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, Gandhi Nagar etc will be closed.
(With Inputs from Agencies)