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Traders condemn seizure of cash; threaten protest

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Seek meeting with the EC to lay down the norms

PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

In a huddle: Office bearers of traders organisations at a meeting in the city on Saturday —

TIRUCHI: Expressing concern over the seizure of cash and valuables belonging to “traders and the public” across the State ahead of the Assembly election, a group of traders' organisations which held a joint meeting here on Saturday, has called upon the Election Commission to call a meeting with traders' representatives to lay down clear norms for making such seizures.

The organisations also chalked out an agitation programme, including a State-wide shutters down strike, if the Election Commission did not call them for talks.

The meeting condemned the seizure of money from traders and public by flying squads and police/revenue officials on election duty. “So far cash has not been seized from any politician. The money seized belonged to traders and the people, who are being portrayed as smugglers and cheats. We condemn such actions,” a resolution adopted at the meeting said.

Representatives of various traders' organisations, including the Tamil Nadu Traders Federation and the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, attended the meeting called to take stock of the situation in the wake of the seizures.

According to Ve.Govindarajulu, secretary, Tamil Nadu Traders Federation, the meeting decided to form a committee, Tamil Nadu Vanigarkal Kootamaippu Kuzhu, as an umbrella organisation to take up the issue.

The meeting was attended by S.Rethinavelu, senior president, TN Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Madurai, Tamilselvan, president, and Mr.Govindarajulu, general secretary, Tamil Nadu Traders Federation, A.M.Vikramraja, president, Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangakalin Perammaippu, and representatives from Salem Anaithu Vanigar Sangam, Tamil Nadu Foodgrain Traders Association, Tamil Nadu Jewellery Association, Tamil Nadu Hotels Association, Tamil Nadu Textiles Association, and Tamil Nadu Iron and Steel Merchants Association, he said.

The public and traders have been facing much hardship as they were not able carry cash or jewels for business or domestic purposes. “The value of even five sovereigns of gold amounts to Rs.1 lakh and even this could be seized. We are facing many practical difficulties,” he said.

Members of the traders' organisations would stage a demonstration in front of the Election Commission office in Chennai on March 24, if the Election Commission did not call them for talks by March 22.

Traders across the State would down shutters for a day on March 29, if the issue was not resolved by then. The committee would meet on the same day at Chennai to discuss and consider the future course of action, including a possible poll boycott.

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