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14 January, 2017 11:17:12 PM
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Cops close down makeshift Gulshan DCC market

“Some people from outside brought their wares to the makeshift market in front of the DCC market and started selling them along with the owners of the damaged shops”
FAISAL MAHMUD
Cops close down makeshift Gulshan DCC market

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday closed down the makeshift market in front of the Gulshan DCC market following a clash between two groups of traders on Friday. 
The makeshift market was set up in the car park area in front of the Gulshan DCC market’s main building to sell wares from the shops damaged in the recent fire.
One Moinul Hossain was sitting on the footpath with two sets of furniture behind the market. Hossain had been working as a salesman in one of the furniture shops that were damaged in the fire. “Most of the furniture shops weren’t damaged, but unfortunately, our shop was affected by the fire. We’re now selling furniture at reduced prices.”
When asked why the cops had put up barricades in front of the market, Moinul said on Friday there was a brawl between the owners of the damaged shops and some people from outside. “Some people from outside brought their wares to the makeshift market in front of the DCC market and started selling them along with the owners of the damaged shops.  This triggered a clash and the police arrived and closed down the makeshift market.”
On visiting the market yesterday morning, this correspondent found that police had put up barricades in front of the market, barring people, except shop-owners, from entering the premises.
Many, however, were trying to enter the market to buy goods at reduced prices.
Nadia Tabassum Khan, a resident of Dhanmondi, told The Independent that she had heard the news of sales at discounted prices in the DCC market from Facebook.
“Gulshan DCC market is renowned for home decoration items.  I saw in some Facebook posts that the shop-owners, whose shops have been damaged in the blaze, have started selling products in the makeshift shops in front of the market at reduced prices. So, I came to buy a few things for my household.”
Nadia Khan, however, couldn’t get into the market as police had put up barricades at the entrance. “It’s frustrating. I don’t know why the barricades have been put up,” said Khan.
Like Khan, many wanted to enter the market premises, but could not do so as the police did not let them.
Speaking to The Independent, Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Gulshan police station, said they had shut down the market following the incident on Friday.
“Many people from outside, who were not shop-owners, came and started selling their products. The original owners protested and on getting the nod from the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), we have put up barricades from Saturday morning,” Sirajul Islam said.
Talat Regvi, chairman of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Market Traders’ Association, told The Independent that some traders took the advantage of the fire and came to the makeshift market to sell their products. “Since the fire, the owners of the damaged shops were only allowed to sell their products in front of the market in some makeshift shops. Many customers came and shopped because of the discounted prices. Some traders from outside took advantage of this and tried to sell their products. We won’t allow them to do so,” Regvi said.
Regvi said the market was temporarily closed, but it would open again. “The shop-owners will be able to sell their products in the makeshift market, but they must have proper identification.”
On January 2, a devastating fire broke out and a large part of the market, with 296 shops, was destroyed. 
Over 234 shops were heavily damaged in the fire. The losses were estimated at Tk. 200 crore.
A seven-member probe body was formed on January 3 to find out the cause of the fire and estimate the losses.
The committee, headed by Lt. Col. Mosharaf Hossain, director (planning and development) of fire services and civil defence, has been asked to submit the report within 15 days.

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