Local traders dismantle Tibetan sweater market in Haryana

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA, Oct 19: Local Indian traders have dismantled makeshift structures set up by Tibetan sweater traders at a vegetable market in Bahadurgarh in the north Indian state of Haryana.

14627776_336741736680713_1080869569_nA large number of local traders gathered at the vegetable market and started tearing apart the sweater stores set up by the Tibetan sweater traders on Tuesday around 11am, according to a Dainik Bhaskar report on Oct 19.

The local Indian traders went berserk and dismantled the stores set up by the Tibetan sweater sellers despite pleas made by the Tibetan traders.

“Brothers, we have come here so that we can feed our children, please don’t destroy our stores. It will ruin our livelihood. We seek refuge in your city,” the report quoted Tibetan women pleading to the local traders as saying.

14793728_1289899477721126_1737625151_nA physical clash ensued between the local traders and the Tibetan men. When Tibetan women tried to quell the fight, local traders beat them up as well, the report further added.

The city police reached the spot and rounded up 8 Indians involved in the ruckus.

“Cases have been registered against several shopkeepers under Sections 148, 149, 323 and 506 of the IPC,” Tribuneindia.com quoted City Police incharge Vishnu Prasad as saying in its report, Oct 18.

The Tibetan traders have been visiting Bahadurgarh every year and had fulfilled all formalities to set up the market.