Ensure our security or give us gun licences, Haryana jewellers tell govt

Haryana Jewellers have asked the state government to ensure their security or give them gun licences so that they could protect themselves. The jewellers have also sought adequate deployment of police force or private security guards at markets having a high concentration of jewellery and bullion traders and the provision of an insurance cover for them by the state authorities.

A delegation of the India Bullion and Jewellers Association, led by its state unit president Rakesh Verma, met the Haryana Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Kumar Bedi, and apprised him of their concerns. The jewellers sought prompt action in the murder case of jeweller Neeraj Verma at Kurukshetra and expressed concern over the increasing incidents of loot, theft, dacoity and murder etc.

They urged the minister to arrange their meeting with the Chief Minister and make efforts for the provision of an insurance cover to the jewellers who paid various taxes to the government. The state convener of the association, Hemant Bakshi, asked the minister to provide arms licences to the jewellers on a priority basis so that they could protect themselves.