Businessmen in Jharkhand have decided to observe a half-day bandh on Monday in protest against the murder of trader Raj Kumar Dhanooka here on Saturday afternoon.
The businessmen community,which held a dharna under the banner of the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI) at Morahabadi on Sunday,also resolved to hold a demonstration outside the Raj Bhawan on Monday which they plan to observe as black day across the state. We will hand over a memorandum to Governor Syed Sibtey Razi demanding security to our life and property, FJCCI member Suresh Singh said.
Dhanooka,who made his fortunes in coal trading and real estate,was shot five times inside the Panchwat Plaza market complex by an unidentified gunman. Dhanooka was rushed to the government-run RIMS Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Police are still clueless about the motive of the crime or the identity of the criminal. We have sealed the entry points of the city and launched raids at a couple of places. We hope to solve the case soon, said SSP Praveen Singh.
The business community in the state has been the target of criminals of late. On January 16,Binod Sahu,who owns a stone crusher factory,was shot dead while returning home. Restauranteur Sunil Minz was shot on February 7 while bus owner Mukesh Singh was gunned down the next day.
When the police cannot provide us security we have no alternative but to migrate from the state, said Pradeep Churuwala,a FJCCI member. FJCCI president Anchal KinKinger asked how they could do business is such a situation.
This has also become a political issue in the run-up to the elections. BJP state president Raghuvar Das and former CM Arjun Munda have decided to support the traders agitation. We are going to lodge a protest with the Union Home Ministry about the lawlessness prevailing in this state, said BJP spokesperson Sanjay Seth.