NEW DELHI: After a week of Delhi Riots, the traders from the area of Ghonda, Bhajanpura and Chand Badh conducted meetings on 1 March 2020, i.e. Sunday, in order to seek more police occupancy for opening their shops in the area.
The police were made part of the various meetings. BTA or the Bhajanpura traders Association was able to collect a fund worth Rs. 67,000 by the traders belonging to both the communities. The amount will be used to hire private security staff to watch over and protect the shops.
Manoj Gupta, a merchant of electrical items said, "We even requested the police that we will need five RAF personnel here at the market near police station… What happened has destroyed our confidence."
Heavy patrolling by RAF was seen in the area of Shiv Vihar, even though most shutters for the shops were down. Shops in the area of Chand Bagh and Mustafabad remained closed on Sunday i.e. 1 March 2020.
Shops in the areas specialise in items like tyres, wooden furniture, spare parts from the automobile, tiles, most of them got torched down. The markets have a weekly off on Tuesday but the shops in the area have remained closed from last Monday.
In the areas of Mustafabad and Shiv Vihar, shops and showrooms directly lined the roads. These areas got most affected by the riots. Therefore, the shops in these areas got severely destroyed. The small salesmen in these areas are more worried about the economic crisis in the coming future, rather than recent damages.
There has been a decline in customers from the markets of Sadar Bazar, Gandhinagar, Chandni Chowk and Grain Mandi. Merchants buy in bulk from the wholesale markets situated in these areas.
The Delhi government has supported the households which fell under the wrath of these riots by declaring to provide Rs. 5 lakh to every individual who had their houses burnt down. Officials took the initiative to pass on forms to the people to fill to attain the amount. The verification procedure was also carried out by them by visiting the affected shops, factories, vehicles and houses.