Gujarat, July 4: The Aam Aadmi Party shared a video on its Twitter handle showing how the Gujarat police lathi charged traders who were protesting peacefully.
The Textile traders in Surat on Monday were protesting against the GST and allegedly pelted policemen with stones, forcing the law enforcement personnel to lathi charge.
The traders in thousands walked out on the Ring Road and raised slogans like “GST hatao, saral tax lao” (remove GST and bring in a simple tax).
The protest was held in support of an indefinite bandh called by the GST Sangharsh Samiti against Goods and Services Tax on textiles.
The police wielded batons to disperse the crowd who allegedly engaged in stone-pelting.
“We had to resort to lathi-charge after some protesters pelted the policemen with stones, injuring one personnel,” Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said.
The traders, however, claimed that they were protesting peacefully.
They alleged that the police action came unprovoked as the administration was working at the behest of the ruling BJP’s Lok Sabha member from Surat, C R Patil, who held a meeting with traders on Sunday.