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Top officer backs shop seal action

Patna, Nov. 30: Commercial taxes commissioner N.K. Sinha on Saturday said the decision to inspect and seal shops at Raja Market on Exhibition Road was in the state’s interest.

He said the drive would be intensified across the state.

On getting information about shady deals at Raja Market, the department decided to inspect all 92 shops there. Thirty-six shops were inspected on Monday and Tuesday and 41 shops and 15 unregistered godowns were to be inspected when some traders allegedly assaulted the team, injuring some officers, on Thursday.

The uninspected establishments were sealed. These would be opened after they are inspected and tax liability, if any, paid. On officials taking bribes, he assured action if informed via email or text.

Bihar Industries Association president Arun Agarwal said criminals and not traders had assaulted officers. BJP spokesperson Suresh Rungta said the department under chief minister Nitish Kumar was sealing shops illegally.