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Sakchi shop owners protest administration’s “dictatorial” attitude

Jamshedpur, May 15: Against the dictatorial attitude of the East Singhbhum district administration, the shop owners in Sakchi will keep their shops closed for the first half on Monday, May 16 and will stage silent protest before the DC office.

The shopkeepers are against SDO Suraj Kumar, who has been heading the anti-encroachment drive all over the city.

The drive removed several illegal shops from Sakchi recently on May 11 and 12. A meeting under the banner of Jamshedpur Chamber of Commerce was held at Jhanda Chowk in Sakchi on Sunday, May 15 where president of the chamber Mohanlal Agarwal protested against the attitude of the district administration in presence of all the shop owners of Sakchi.

Addressing the gathering, Mohanlal Agarwal said, ‘Tata Steel has given permission to build overhang of 3 ft and platform of 2 inches in front of the shop but the district administration still fined the shop owners and misbehaved with some of the shopkeepers’.

He further said that after the May 11 and 12 incident all the shop keepers of Sakchi are outraged. According to Harvinder Singh, general secretary of the chamber, shop owners are in dilemma as to what they should do and what not because Tata Steel had given permission but on the other hand the rude behavior of the administration.

Against the incident, all shop owners will keep their shops closed for the first half on Monday and will later submit a memorandum to DC.

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