Shivamogga: The footpath fruit vendors protested against the police by throwing the fruits on the road near Shivappa Nayak statue on B H Road here when they tried to stop them from selling fruits in the area on Wednesday, May 15.
There was a meeting between the traders, police department and the city corporation officials regarding allotting space to the footpath vendors for trade but the meeting was postponed to May 27 due to the election model code of conduct.
Ten months ago, a fruit vendor misbehaving with a woman had led to public outrage against pushcart fruit vendors trading on the footpaths. Following this incident, the footpath between Ramanna Shreshti Park to Shivappa Nayak statue on the B H Road has cleared off all the traders.
But the traders sent their representation to the DC, city corporation commissioner, Police department, and Urban Development Minister U T Khader and urged them to allow them to carry out trade as they were all poor and finding it difficult to meet their day-to-day expenditures. They also requested the authorities not to punish all for one person’s misbehaviour.
However, no action was taken based on their representation. Earlier, erstwhile mayor Nagaraj Kankari had allotted them space behind the Murugan Building of Karnataka Sangha. However, the traders were not interested in putting up their business in that area.
Today, without any notice to the authorities, the pushcart vendors tried to start a business in the restricted Gandhi Bazar Road. When the police stopped them, the angry traders staged a protest and threw the fruits on the road.
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