Shopowners around the New Market area in Kolkata, who are on a three-day strike since Wednesday protesting against hawker menace, on Thursday received support from other shopkeepers’ associations.
The protest is currently on at Simpark area in front of New Market’s old complex on Lindsay Street.
“Members of 32 trade unions from areas like Gariahat, Phool Bagan and Bansdroni had come over to express their solidarity with us. We urged them to join the movement… They said they were likely to put up token strikes, post a discussion with their committee members,” said Rajeev Singh, secretary of Joint Traders Federation (JTF), under which 15 associations are agitating.
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He added that the sit-in demonstration will continue till Friday and if authorities did not take any step to remove hawkers, they will decide on their next step in a core committee meeting to be held in the evening.
Owners of over 5,000 shops have been protesting since Wednesday against hawkers’ menace. Shops in New Market, Simpark, Treasure Island, Firpos Market, Shreeram Arcade, Chowringhee Market, Globe Mall and all shops on Lindsay Street and Bertram Street have been shut.
JTF Joint Secretary Udai Shaw said they do not intend to write to the administration anymore, as the administration has not replied to any of their deputations.