The Confederation of All India Traders has called for a nation-wide bandh on Monday to pay homage to the CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama.
In a statement, the trade union said that the bandh would be peaceful and only business establishments would remain closed. Essential items and public transport would be exempted, the union said, adding that traders across the country would “burn effigies to protest against Pakistan and terrorism”, besides taking out candlelight marches.
Acting on the call by CAIT some states- Karnataka, Gujarat, some districts of Maharashtra, Kerala, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Eastern UP observed a bandh on Saturday.
The CAIT said it is also planning to organize financial assistance to be sent by the traders to the families of the killed soldiers.
The trade leaders said that 18 states, including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, and others are set to participate in the bandh.
The union said that all wholesale and retail business establishments will remain closed, including the ones in Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, Kashmere Gate and Greater Kailash in Delhi.
In its statement, the union also said that the 7-crore establishments stand in solidarity with the nation at this time of grief. The traders’ body will also gather financial assistance to be given to the families of the martyrs, it added.
Apart from this, the union said, “In the wake of China supporting Pakistan, the CAIT has decided to launch a national campaign to boycott Chinese goods.”