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Maharashtra jewellers on strike against rising thefts and robbery

Thousands of jewellers across Maharastra brought shutters down of their stores on Wednesday protesting against the rise in burglaries and attacks on gold merchants.

Mumbai May 30 : Thousands of jewellers across Maharastra brought shutters down of their stores on Wednesday protesting against the rise in burglaries and attacks on gold merchants.

About 20,000 jewellery storeowners and workers from across Maharashtra today gathered in Mumbai, carrying placards and banners that urged police to provide security. They also carried pictures of a jeweller bludgeoned to death recently.

"Which ever way possible, the Government's job is to provide security. They have an entire police force...they need to put them into action...stop the dacoits immediately recover all the stolen jewellery immediately ... rehabilitate the jewellers who have been totally displaced," said Ashok Minawala, chairman of All India Gems and Jewellery Federation.

More than 30 cases of jewellery theft and loot have been reported over the past three months across Maharashtra, and jewellery worth millions of dollars have been stolen from the shopkeepers and traders.

Thieves have also killed three jewellers in the last two months when they tried to stop them from looting their shops.

In some cases, thefts have used veiled customers whose identity could not be established even on closed-circuit television.

"Victim, victim! Where is the police?" read one of the posters.

The daylong shutdown affected bullion trade marginally, traders said.

In December 2006, jewellers from Pune had sought the permission of police to bar veiled customers to their shops. The request was prompted by a spate of thefts by customers wearing veils.

ANI

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