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Loots fuel traders’ immolation attempt

Police on Sunday afternoon foiled self-immolation bid by a handful of traders near Mithanpura railway crossing.

Traders of Mithanpura were vexed over the spurt in incidents of theft.

So far, 26 shops, including that of medicine, stationery, spare parts, hardware, cosmetics, electronics, and electrical goods on Club Road, Devi Mandir Road and Mithanpura Chowk have been looted in a span of a month.

Thieves looted valuable items by cutting the locks and smashing the iron shutters of the shops.

“The role of Mithanpura police have come under cloud as they failed to make a breakthrough after registering an FIR,” said Mohammad Israil, an electronics goods shop owner at Mithanpura Chowk. The thieves have stolen goods from his shop as well.

Most of the shops within the Mithanpura periphery have come up with loans from the nationalised banks.

“We were left with no option but to self-immolate. Around 12 traders, whose shops were looted, decided to self-immolate. It is better to die than face FIRs over non-payment of loans,” said Bipin Kumar, a medicine shop owner.

Later, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) A.K. Singh said: “We have persuaded the shopkeepers to shun the path of aggression.”


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