Bhubaneshwar, February 16: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has declared that they will organise a nationwide protest on February 18, Monday, to protest against the ghastly Pulwama terror attacks which resulted in the loss of 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama, Awantipora. The traders' organisation has also made a call to all the states and cities to extend support to them in order to make it a truly 'Bharat Trade Bandh.' Bharat Bandh Tomorrow: Nationwide Strike Called by Traders Against Pulwama Terror Attack, Know What’s Open And Shut on February 18.
The Confederation of All India Traders press statement said that, “A strong sense of anger has grown among traders and citizens. The CAIT has decided to observe Bharat Trade Bandh on February 18 and no business activity will be held on that day. The bandh is organised to show solidarity of traders with the nation and families of the martyrs.” 18 States Including Maharashtra to Join the nationwide protest on February 18.
Similar demands were made on Friday in the state of Rajasthan as well. In Ahmedabad, Gujarat, traders in major markets observed a one-day bandh as a form of peaceful protest against the Pulwama terror attack. Foot market, Dhalgarwad Bazaar and Lal Darwaza markets will be closed today, said reports. Pulwama Terror Attack: Traders in Ahmedabad Call One Day Bandh as Mark of Protest.
The nationwide outrage over the terror attack on Indian CRPF men on Thursday has not boiled down a bit as citizens and various civilian bodies organised protests across the country. On February 14, Thursday, in a fidayeen attack on CRPF convoy moving from Jammu to Srinagar was executed by a local Pulwama suicide bomber named Adil Ahmed Dar in Awantipora area in Lethpora. All Party Meeting in Parliament 'Strongly Condemns' Terror Act in Pulwama, Pays Tribute to 40 Martyred CRPF Jawans.
At least 40 CRPF jawans were martyred and several others sustained serious injuries in the attack. An all party meeting was held in the parliament library today, Saturday, that condemned the attack and paid tribute to the martyrs. PM Narendra Modi said that the sacrifice of jawans will not go in vain and that Pakistan will have to pay a huge price. PM Modi also added that Army has been given a free hand now to deal with the terrorists.