Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, July 20
A major part of Kajehri village was cordoned off right here at this time for securing an occasion attended by Mayor Ravikant Sharma. Whereas the highway dividing Sector 52 and 53 was totally barricaded, the primary car parking zone of the village was out of bounds for most of the people. The one metalled strategy highway within the village was off-limits too.
Locals claimed that 50 per cent of the retailers had been shut down by the police. These roads and retailers remained shut from 10 am to 4:45 pm.
Whereas store homeowners misplaced enterprise, common commuters had been harrowed too. One of many meat store homeowners, Mohmmad Jameel, stated: “I’ve misplaced about Rs3,000 value of earnings. Sale was down. Abruptly, with none prior intimation, our retailers had been shut down. This shouldn’t be completed in future.”
Kamal Singh, one other shopkeeper, stated: “My dhaba has been shut since 10 am. Greater than half the retailers right here had been shut. Now, we will’t argue with the police in the event that they ask us to close the retailers. I’ve misplaced Rs500 dehadi (day by day wage).”
Komal Singh, a resident of the village, stated: “They’re attempting to make this metropolis like Kashmir. About 500 cops had been deployed at this time. There was a curfew-like state of affairs.”
When contacted, Ravikant Sharma stated: “I wasn’t conscious of the police preparations, however I’m certain it was completed due to what occurred on Saturday within the motor market. Folks might have threatened to protest.”
10 individuals rounded up, let off
Joga Singh of the Pendu Sangharsh Committee stated, “Round 10 individuals from totally different factors of the village, who needed to stage a symbolic protest, had been rounded up and later let off.” He stated: “None of us had been allowed to even go close to the barricades.” The SHO of the Sector 36 police station stated: “Solely four-five individuals, who had misplaced their method, had been rounded up after which let off.”