Surat | Updated: July 8, 2017 7:32 pm

A massive rally was taken out by textile traders on Saturday afternoon to protest the GST on Man Made Fibre (MMF) and submitted a memorandum to the district collector. The rally took a three-kilometre circular route around the textile market after the police refused permission to the original seven km rally to the Collectorate keeping in mind the threat to law and order.

Seeing the immense support from the textile traders from all sectors, the police department had granted rally permission with a condition that it should be taken out in the limit of textile trading markets.

No women, however, joined the rally which took two hours to cover the stretch. Earlier the GST Sangharsh Samiti had announced women engaged in saree embellishing work would also join.

Surat: Police lathicharge on textile traders who were staging a protest against GST in Surat on Monday. PTI Photo 

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