Ruckus in Dugri market as vendors illegally occupy GLADA booths

Ruckus in Dugri market as vendors illegally occupy GLADA booths

Sikh Danga Peerit Welfare Society members protest at a market in Phase I, Dugri, on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 21

A market in Phase I, Dugri, witnessed ruckus, noisy quarrels and slogan-mongering between groups of vendors and functionaries of the Sikh Danga Peerit Welfare Society after some vendors allegedly took forcible possession of booths recently constructed by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) as a part of the process to set up proposed vending zones across the city for street vendors.

After the vendors, reportedly enjoying patronage of certain Congress leaders of the area, occupied the booths without any allotment or authorisation, the activists of Sikh Danga Peerit Welfare Society, arrived at the spot in a sizeable number and started raising slogans against the Congress government, while alleging that certain ruling party leaders had taken money from the vendors on the promise of getting them booths allotted from the GLADA authorities.

Denying the allegations, the illegal occupants of the booths (vendors) also raised slogans against the riot victims. The protesting vendors said the riot victims had no

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