Siyaganj traders closed down their establishments and staged a chakka jam to protest against the commercial tax department’s survey on whole sellers. The department persisted with their survey on the consecutive third day on Thursday.
Traders accused the commercial tax department of oppression and tyrannical attitude towards them. Teams of 40 commercial tax officials had reached Siyaganj in the afternoon and started survey on ten shops of grocery and dry fruit traders.
The traders got enraged accusing officials of hampering their business and closed down their shops. These businessmen also took to streets and staged chakka jam. Ramesh Khandelwal, president of Siyaganj Wholesale Kirana Merchants Association, told dna that their business was low due to recent heavy rain spell and only picked up as soon as the sky got clear in the last few days.
"The commercial tax action was hampering trade badly in the last three days," he said adding that association members ensured safe passage for beleaguered officers somehow. Khandelwal also claimed that the department has been treating traders like their 'slaves' by putting various restrictions on them.
He even claimed that even outsider buyers have started skipping Indore for purchase due to 'harsh' attitude of the department which has headquarters in Indore. "If the department suspects tax evasion despite having check posts and staff on borders, then it should ask its staff instead of harassing the traders," Khandelwal demanded. The traders kept their establishments closed on Thursday, even after the officials left the market.
As part of state wide survey, the department had surveyed ten shops in Siyaganj on Tuesday and Wednesday. Commissioner commercial tax Amit Rathore declined to comment on the entire issue.