Vegetable dealers down shutters to condemn killing of cleaner

Coimbatore: The vegetable market in nearby Mettupalayam, a major potato centre in India, was closed, to condemn the stone pelting incident on a Tamilnadu lorry, resulting in the death of a cleaner in Kanjikode in Kerala.

Mubarak Batcha, hailing from Annur near Mettupalayam in the district, who was going in the lorry driven by Noorulla, with vegetables to be supplied to Changanaserry in Kerala, died after a group pelted stones on the vehicle past midnight yesterday. As a mark of respect to the deceased, nearly 200 vegetable wholesalers downed shutters and condemned the incident, reportedly linked to the nation-wide lorry strike.

Lorry owners are on strike, protesting the hike in diesel price and increase in vehicle insurance premium, besides demanding a reduction of toll charges on major routes.




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