Pulwama attack: Trade body calls for bandh on February 18
Bharat bandh news today: The trade body CAIT has called for a bandh on Monday to protest Pulwama attack, as per reports. All wholesale and retail markets in Delhi will remain closed on February 18.
New Delhi: All commercial markets on February 18 will remain closed and there will be no business activity, the trade body CAIT spokesperson told the news agency ANI.
All wholesale and retail markets in Delhi will remain closed on Monday.
The trade body said many states such as Karnataka, Gujarat, some districts of Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand Maharashtra, Kerala, Eastern UP and Chattisgarh, observed the bandh on Saturday after the trade body’s call.
CAIT president BC Bhartia and secretary general Praveen Khandelwal reportedly said the traders will observe a day-long fast and will pay tributes and candlelight marches across different states. They said the organisation is also planning to raise funds for the families of the martyred Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans.
The states that are set to participate in the bandh include Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Jammu and Kashmir among others.
Some of the most bustling markets in Delhi including Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Kamla Nagar, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar, Shahdara, Gandhi Nagar, Khari Baoli, Kashmiri Gate, and Chawri Bazar are expected to remain closed tomorrow (Monday).
On Thursday, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist rammed an explosive-laden Scorpio SUV into a bus plying with the 78-vehicle convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The SUV was being driven by a 19-year-old JeM terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar. The suicide attack snuffed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.
An all-party meet chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the attack and adopted a resolution condoning the cross-border terrorism. India also upped diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to dismantle the terror camps in its territory that are used to target India. More than 40 nations condemned the attack. United States’ National Security Advisor John Bolton called his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and said the US supports India’s right to self-defence from cross-border terrorism.