Kolkata hawkers block inauguration of Spencer’s mall

July 4th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) Small shopkeepers and hawkers stopped RPG group vice chairman Sanjeev Goenka from inaugurating a new mall here Friday morning, saying they would not allow the corporate sector to enter the retail business. Banded under Hawkers Sangram Committee, a national association of small traders and hawkers, the protesters prevented Goenka from entering the mall, belonging to the RPG group’s retail chain Spencer’s.

“We will not let any big player enter our territory. If they try to open any stores they will meet with violent protest,” Shaktiman Ghosh, general secretary of the hawkers’ committee, told IANS.

Protesters also burned promotional pamphlets of Spencer’s mall in the city.

Goenka couldn’t be contacted for comments.

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