Over 4,000 chemists in Ludhiana go on indefinite strike
Over 4,000 chemist shop owners, today went on an indefinite-strike in protest against the alleged harassment at the hands of various government departments in an anti-drug drive. "We have no objection to the government's anti-drug drive. But we have strong objections the way we are being treated. It is being projected as if we are selling drugs," GS Chawla, Ludhiana Chemists' Association's President said.
Chemists unnecessarily harassed, targeted by government departments
Chemist shop owner Bhagwan Singh said as per law, only drug inspectors or drug controllers could raid chemists' shops. But now even Patwaris, Tehsildars, and Police were conducting raids at their shops, he claimed. "It should be stopped otherwise we will continue our strike," Singh added. The chemists' shops also remained closed in adjoining towns like Khanna, Samrala, Machhiwara, Jagraon, Sahnewal of Ludhiana district.