Shutting their shops in the morning on Wednesday, traders in the markets of Ghazipur and Okhla here were protesting against the Income Tax officials raid at Azadpur Mandi on Monday.
The Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB) says it has received only 568 tonnes of onions in Delhi on Tuesday morning from Rajasthan. As a result of traders' strike shortage of onion has increased further and retailers were found selling the key vegetable at Rs 80 per kg.
A little relief was that supply of onions is to resume soon from Maharashtra as the traders there have called off strike. Onion crop in Maharashtra was destroyed due to heavy rains and supply to Delhi markets was short and caused the price sore, said a trader expressing resentment over IT raid on their mandis. The striking traders have announced to continue strike till the IT Department return their seized documents.
Executive member of Azadpur Chamber of Fruits and Vegetables Association Abhay Sood said,"A rally will be organized at the Azadpur Mandi at noon on Wednesday if the I-T department does not return our documents. May be the entire mandi will go on strike from Thursday."
The Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB) Chairman Brahm Yadav said,"Even if the Maharashtra supply resumes, it will not help Delhi if the traders here are on strike. Prices are expected to remain high for another couple of days at least and we are hoping to have found a solution to the traders' agitation by then,"