Jamshedpur : In protest against repeated attacks on the traders, the shops in Golmuri here closed their shutters seeking high level security for the community.
The traders protested against attack on the 32-year-old trader Amit Agrawal, who was shot at four shots by two bike-borne criminals at Tinplate under Golmuri police station area late in the night of December 23. A truck driver Satpal Singh (45) was also shot at and injured near Tube Company gate in Burmamines, triggering fear among the traders.
The traders also demanded adequate security to prevent repetition of such incident. “In Jharkhand, businessmen are looted and killed. They are rarely arrested. Businesses can not function under the fear of criminals,” he said. ‘If the situation worsens then businessmen and traders will take to streets to safeguard their interests,” noted a trader.
Golmuri market wore a deserted look today as shop-keepers and traders kept their shops and business establishments closed in protest against the police inaction in trader firing case. The call for Golmuri shut-down, given by the Golmuri Bazaar Vyapar
Samity (GBVS), evoked a spontaneous response.
“People did suffer due to the bandh but we have no choice but to close shutters to register our complain. Customers from Telco, Sidhgora, Agrico and Burmamines turn up here for shopping,” said Bimal Jalan, a trader.
Though the Golmuri police approached the members of the GBVS and urged to open the shops. Though the banks were closed for the support but still the police forced them to open.
Meanwhile, Deputy superintendent of police (city) KN Chowdhury claimed that though the shooter involved in the Amit Agrawal firing case could not be arrested yet, but they have already identified the shooters and they will be caught soon.
“We have identified the shooter, who is a left hand shooter, and has fired at both the trader in Tinplate as well as truck driver Satpal Singh at Burmamines.
It is just a matter of time for nabbing the culprits involved in the twin incidents,” said another police official.
According to police, two youth in the mid-twenties were involved in the twin shooting in the night of December 23.