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Textile traders condole Amarnath attack victims; call off GST protest

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Terror attack anywhere in the country has always brought anger and sorrow among citizens. The recent terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir’s Anantnag that left seven Amarnath pilgrims including six women, dead and many others injured; drew strong condemnation from politicians and public.

Expressing condolence to the families of the victims (mostly from Gujarat and Maharashtra) in the Anantnag terror attack, the GST-protesting textile traders in Surat, halted their protest on July 11. The decision was taken to pay homage to the victims of the attack.

“We stand in solidarity with the families of the pilgrims killed in the attack. All our protest programmes were cancelled on Tuesday and we paid tribute to the deceased,” Textile Yuva Brigade Leader Hitesh Sanklecha reportedly said.

The agitating traders urged the Centre to take a bold and concrete action against these terrorists who have been targeting Indian security forces and citizens. “More than GST, it is important that the Central Government should now wake up and act against terrorists. We can’t tolerate terrorists killing our innocent pilgrims,” one of the protesting leaders was quoted as saying in media reports.

The textile merchants, however, maintained that they will continue the protest till July 15 as the Centre has still not accepted their demand to roll back GST on man-made fabrics (MMF).