Traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) called for a nationwide strike on Monday to express solidarity with the families of 40 CRPF jawans that were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack last week.
In a statement issued yesterday, the CAIT said that commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity on Monday. Under it, all wholesale and retail markets will remain close on Monday. Traders in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, J&K and other states will also participate in the bandh.
CAIT secretary general Praveen said that essential items and public transport have been kept out of strike. He also stated that the traders will also observe fast during the bandh time and take out march in different parts of the country. He added that the body is also planning to provide financial assistance directly to the families of martyrs.
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 on February 18
ANI further reported that the cross-LoC bus service from Poonch in Jammu & Kashmir to Rawalakot (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) has been suspended for the same day.
In one of the worst terror attacks in Kashmir in last three decades, 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives when a JeM suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 200 kg of explosives into a bus convoy on February 14, 2019.