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Protests against sealing continue in Delhi

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 1 (UNI) Despite demonstrations and protests by traders, sealing of shops in residential areas by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi continued for the fourth day today with a high of 466 commercial units being put under seal by the authorities.

The wave of protests had its political repurcussions with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Lieutenant Governor B L Joshi holding a meeting with Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy on the situation arising out of the sealing drive.

Protestors in various areas continued to put up stiff resistence to the sealing action. In Nazafgarh Zone, one MCD vehicle was set on fire, leading to one of the MCD personnel being injured.

In the West Zone, the protestors indulged in stone pelting on the sealing party, leading the police to resort to a lathicharge to bring the situation under control.

In the Bara Tooti area, former Delhi industries minister Harsharan Singh Balli courted arrest in protest against the sealing drive.

Severe protests were also witnessed in the Central Zone, Shahdara (South), Rohini, Karol Bagh and Sadar Paharganj.

In a statement condemning the MCD drive, former Union Minister Vijay Goel said the stir against the sealing action would be further intensified and the traders would court arrest.

''It would be in the interest of the public at large and the city of Delhi that the drive may be suspended till the Tejendra Khanna Committee submits its report and suitable amendments are incorporated in the draft Master Plan 2021, which is full of glaring misconceptions and is based on incorrect information,''Mr Goel said.

In a letter written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP Delhi Pradesh President Harshvardhan requested him to save the trade and business of the people of Delhi from being ruined.

''For this purpose, you should intervene himself and do not allow the people to be the victims of the Court,''he urged the PM in the letter.

''The Prime Minister should understand the gravity of the situation and feel the pain of being uprooted. He should convene a joint meeting of the MCD, Delhi Government, Central Urban Development Ministry, Home Ministry and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi under his Chairmanship and save the people from being rendered unemployed by finding a solution of the problem within the next 24 hours,''Mr Harshvardhan said.

Meanwhile, CAIT General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal today constituted a high-level committee of traders under the chairmanship of eminent trade leaders to run the traders agitation in its right perspective.

The highest number of 143 units were sealed in the Karol Bagh Zone while 51 units were sealed in Shahdara (North) zone, 48 units were sealed in Rohini, 45 each in Civil lines and Sadar Paharganj UNI AR VD GC2000

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