Trader’s body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has called for a nationwide shutdown on Monday February 18 to express solidarity with the families of security personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack.
CAIT) said commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity. In Delhi, all wholesale and retail markets will observe bandh on February 18.
CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said, “During the bandh, traders will observe a day long fast and take out a tribute march in their respective states. The body is planning to organise substantial financial assistance which will be directly given by traders 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.
Nearly 40 CRPF personnel were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district with a vehicle laden with explosives.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
JeM, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, claimed the responsibility for the attack which left the bus extensively damaged in the blast.