Southern traders reaching Mannaar reveal organised activity

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 December 2010, 21:20 GMT]
Pavement traders and hawkers occupying the streets of Mannaar amidst the objections from the local Tamil-speaking business owners on Wednesday revealed that they were being sent by a group of agents operating in the south when they were confronted by the secretary of the Urban Council of Mannaar with complaints from Mannaar traders.

Mannaar traders were demanding immediate cancellation of activities by illegal pavement traders who disregard the regulations of the urban council.

Bernard Croose, the secretary of the Urban Council, met the representatives of the business chamber in Mannaar. Later in the evening, she had a meeting with the southern traders, explaining the regulations of the Urban Council and the conveying the concerns of the local business community.

Responding to Mrs. Croose, who instructed the traders to pay 250 rupees to the urban council to acquire permission, the traders from south said they had already paid similar amounts of money to middlemen, who promised business opportunities in Mannaar, revealing that it was a 15-member team behind the sudden influx of southern traders to Mannaar.

Croose instructed the traders from south not to pay any commissions to anyone except the Urban Council giving them permission to conduct their businesses in the city till 31st of December.

The influx of hawkers from the south has caused fear amongst the public affected by increased theft and crimes of ransom in recent times. There have also been reports of sexual harassments of local women by the visiting traders.



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