Updated: November 18, 2021 2:50:53 am
THE AMRAVATI City Police on Wednesday arrested Pravin Pote Patil, former BJP minister and MLC, who had given a bandh call for last Saturday in Amravati city and was seen urging people to assemble at Rajkamal Chowk, from where the violence had started.
Patil was produced before a magistrate court later in the day and granted bail.
Patil has been the former state minister for industries and mining, environment. He was also the former guardian minister of Amravati and is presently a member of the Legislative Council.
On Tuesday, five more BJP leaders, including three sitting corporators, were arrested for violence in the bandh. In all, 240 people have been arrested so far for the violence.
As Amravati enters its sixth day of curfew, the local traders’ associations on Wednesday said they are losing out on business worth crores daily.
Vijay Bhutada, president of Busyland Vyapari Samajik Association, said, “Why is Amravati Police not allowing us to do our business? We are situated 12 km away from the city. Busyland market, along with Cityland and Dreamzland markets, have over 700 wholesale and retail shops. For five days now, we have lost business of over Rs 10 crore daily. The two lockdowns ruined our business and now this curfew is like a third lockdown, affecting the employment of over 20,000 people who work in the three markets.”
“I have been running around Guardian Minister Yashomati Thakur’s office daily. She calls up the police commissioner, who denies us the permission citing security reasons. I told them with that the markets located on the other side of the city are allowed to be open but we are forced to shut our business only because we falin the jurisdiction of Amravati city police. What is our fault?”
Suresh Jain, president of Mahanagar Chambers, an umbrella organisation of all commercial associations in Amravati city, said, “Is this Kashmir? Are we terrorists? The city is now at peace but there is no sign of curfew being lifted. There are youngsters who are losing out on their studies. Some missed their online exams too as there is no Internet.”
There is no clarity when the police would lift the curfew and restore Internet services, said officials.
Furthermore, the Amravati city police has also not allowed wholesale markets to open though they are over 10 km away from the city at Nandgaon Peth.
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