Congress Councillor, Textile Traders detained for provoking riot
Surat: Salabatpura police station has lodged a FIR against a group of Congress leaders, textile traders and some of the supporter for provoking a riot and thrashing a trader who was collecting signature of those willing to open the shop in the Millennium Market on Thursday.
Manglesh Borana, 40, who has his own shop in Millennium Market, was allegedly beaten by the group of people including Aslam Cyclewala, a Congress Leader, Attar Singh, textile trader and over 50 of their supporters. The police have booked them for unlawful assembly, rioting and physical assault.
A small group of traders with the support of political parties have been organising a protest against the newly launched tax regime –GST. Surat textile traders have got Congress support and because of that, they have given strike call against GST. While most of the traders want to open their shop and do their business. Some of the political leaders and traders threaten to those who want open their shops. Manglesh Borana alleged that they are threatening him with dire consequences if he would not stop and leave.
The city police commissioner, Satish Sharma said, “We have registered an offence of rioting against some people who thrashed a businessman. The complainant was taking the signature of some traders who wanted to open shop at Millennium Market when he was attacked”.
“We want to make it clear to the striking traders that they should show restraint their protest and follow the law. Police will take necessary action as per law if attempts are made to disturb law and order. We are giving permissions for peaceful protests,” said the city police commissioner to the reporters.
A group of traders have requested city police commissioner to provide security so that they can start their shops. Police have accepted their request and assured them to provide the required protection.