a traders'' group to force corporate-run food retail stores in the national capital
to shut shop, like they did in Lucknow earlier, fizzled out on Thursday 20 September.
Reliance Fresh, the main target of the All India Byapar Mandal, did business as
other stores, however, remained closed for the day apprehending trouble. Samajwadi
Party MP Banwari Lal Kanchal had yesterday threatened that the traders'' body would
forcibly shut down corporate-run retail food stores.
activists tried to do a repeat of what they did in Lucknow and Varanasi last month
- ransack the shops. Following the incident, the Uttar Pradesh government had
ordered closure of such western-style food retail outlets, pending the report
of an official committee.
India Byapar Mandal activists staged a demonstration in front of the Reliance
Fresh and Subhiksha stores in Shakarpur, during which time the Reliance outlet
closed briefly. It reopened at 1200 hrs and was open for business the rest of
the day, a Reliance Fresh representative said.
traders over several parts of the country have been protesting the entry of large
corporate entities into retail businesses, saying the big retailers were taking
away their livelihoods. The government has not allowed foreign retailers to set
up businesses on their own, but there is no bar on domestic companies entering
the retail sector.