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Odisha traders down shutters in respect of slain CRPF jawans

Bhubaneswar: Wholesale and retail markets were remained closed on Monday to pay respect to the 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel martyred in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.

Traders in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Rourkela and also in all major cities under the banner of the Federation of All Odisha Traders’ Association (FAOTA) extended their support to the nation-wide trade bandh called by the Confederation of All India Traders.

The bandh which started at 7 am will continue till 4 pm.

Meanwhile, various political parties, social groups, cultural associations and residents’ associations organised special prayer meetings and candle light march and paid tributes to the soldiers killed in the attack.

FAOTA general secretary Sudhakar Panda said that the entire trading community is stunned at this cowardly attack of Pakistani terrorists on our soldiers. This bandh has been called to show solidarity with the families of the martyrs, said Panda, adding that all the traders of the State stand with the bereaved families and also security forces.

Of the 40 slain CRPF jawnas, two soldiers – Havildar Prasanna Sahu and Constable Manoj Kumar Behera, belonged to Odisha.

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