Traders protest over GST, stop train; wholesale market shut down
Kanpur: Hours before the roll out of GST, traders in the business hub of Uttar Pradesh on Friday squatted on rail tracks and stopped the Kanpur-Pratapgarh passenger train in a protest against the new tax regime.
The traders led by ‘Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal’ leader Gyanendra Misra protested at the Lucknow railway crossing and stopped the local train.
The wholesale and retail markets here remained closed with the trade organisations taking out processions in the market areas throughout the city against the enforcement of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The bandh call was given by Uttar Pradesh Udyog Vyapar Pratinidhi Mandal, which also got the support of around 50 trade organisations.
The traders alleged the bandh caused a loss of over Rs 2,000 crore.
The landmark tax reform GST will be launched in the midnight.