DHAKA: The countrywide day-long strike called by Bangladesh Jewelers’ Samity (BJS), a platform of jewelry makers, in all jewelry shops is being observed Saturday in order to press home their three-point demand.
The three-point demand includes recovery of the looted ornaments, trial of the culprits and formation of a joint monitoring cell by police, DB and RAB.
BJS general secretary Dewan Aminul Islam Shahin said the decision was taken at a general meeting of the organization recently.
He said, “Robbers looted some 51 shops across the country in last 12 years. The deterioration of law-and-order is responsible for those incidents.”
“Although the robbery incidents should be considered as large-scale crime, we can only file normal robbery cases due to legal complication. As a result, the jewelry shops became the target of robbers,” he added.
He alleged that in many cases the owners of these shops did not get back their valuables and their ornaments are being kept with the court until the settlement of cases.
Some 10,000 shops in country’s 53 districts will be closed during the strike on Saturday, he added.
On June 6, 205 tolas of gold ornaments were looted from a shop named Urmi jewelers of Anarkali market in the city’s Mouchak area.
BDST: 1445 HRS, JUN 16, 2012
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