Gold, silver merchants observe bandh

District Gold and Silver Merchants Association members take out a silent rally protesting against the “harassment” of the police, in Hassan on Saturday. DH Photo

The protesters downed shutters and staged a demonstration demand action against police officers.

The members of the association took out a protest rally near the Deputy Commissioner’s office here. The protesters said a few police officers harassed the  jewellery shop owners accusing them of mortgaging theft articles.

The jewellers had also took out a protest rally on Nov 20 demanding action against the erring police officers.

The protesters submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner seeking action against the officers concerned and also protection from the harassing police.

Around 200 goldsmiths, jewellers took part in the protest. The jewellers had also staged a protest on Friday when they clashed with the general public.

The incident triggered when two policemen went to jewellery shops with thieves in tow.

The traders accuse the men in khaki of meting out harassment and also trying to make allegations against them that they have purchased stolen gold and silver articles from thieves.

The jewellery traders staged a demonstration and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner demanding transferring of two policemen.

Condemning the attitude of the traders, a group of citizens gathered in front of jewellery shops creating fear among traders. Sensing trouble, the  shopkeepers downed the shutters. The people staged a protest in support of the police department.

The traders alleged that they were abused with unparliamentary words by the crowd, which affected their business.

They appealed to the DC to give protection as they feared that their shops would be targeted by the mob. The day ended with both groups submitting memoranda making charges against each other.

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