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More Agitation Feared Due To Excise Duty On Jewellery
As the strike called by Bullion and Jewellers Association entered the fourth day, the members of the association warned that they will protest like Jats if their demands are not heeded. Agitating against the recent imposition of one percent excise duty on gold and diamond jewelry as a part of the Union Budget, the protesters took out a march from Ghantaghar of Old Delhi till Chandni Chowk and blocked the road near Red Fort causing massive hassles for the commuters on Saturday afternoon. They further formed a human chain to grab authorities attention. "We are anguished because the central government is not listening to our demands. We will protest in the manner similar to Jats by disrupting public transport if they don't listen to our demands. They will have to bear the consequences. If they don't listen to us, they will bear the aftermath during elections," said Vijay Singhal, President, Bullion and Jewellers Market Association.